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Seattle has around $900,000 available in allocation money according to MSG Network which will give them flexibility to pay down already existing contracts to stay under the salary cap, while avoiding the luxury tax. This would give the Sounders an excellent opportunity to reinforce S2 as well as their current roster.
One of the players that Seattle is seeking is to bring into the fold is Guy Serge Edoa from Cameroon. He’s an attacking midfielder that is currently expected to sign with S2 and learn how to play at a similar level as MLS.
The Sounders can afford to bring in Edoba because the allocation cash wold give them the financial flexibility to pay down on existing contracts, such as Osvaldo Alonso’s. They could pay down his contract — and others — for more than just this season.
Waiting until midseason to use that money extends the club’s ability to pay down contracts for more than just the ‘17 season. They should be able to find ways to pay down contracts into ‘18 now. There was already a scheduled injection of TAM on an annual basis and GAM is added every year as well.” — Dave Clark, Sounder at Heart
The franchise’s new found financial flexibility comes at a fantastic time as they’re struggling to find consistency during the first half of the season. As a result, Seattle can reinforce their current roster with some fresh blood. That’s good news for a team looking to defend its MLS Cup championship, that’s currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff race.