Sounders draft two forwards

  • By Don Ruiz The News Tribune
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:14pm
  • SportsSports

The wheels of the Seattle Sounders’ roster kept turning Wednesday as the club took a pair of veteran forwards in Stage Two of the MLS re-entry draft.

In the first round, the Sounders took Chad Barrett from New England; and in the second, they took Corey Hertzog from Vancouver. The moves give Seattle the rights to negotiate with each player.

“Chad is a hard-working forward who has good experience in MLS,” sporting director Chris Henderson said. “(Hertzog’s) attacking movement is good, and he has an instinct to find the ball in the penalty box.”

Barrett, 28, is a nine-year MLS veteran who provided two goals and two assists in 19 appearances with the Revolution last season.

Hertzog, 23, was the 13th selection of the 2011 SuperDraft. Last season, he had one goal and one assist in seven appearances with the Whitecaps.

The pair could join a Seattle roster that already this offseason had added goalkeeper Stefan Frei from Toronto, defender Chad Marshall from Columbus, forward/midfielder Tristan Bowen from Chivas USA and forward Kenny Cooper from Dallas.

Frei and Marshall each expressed their excitement at joining the Sounders during a pair of introductory conference calls Wednesday.

“They’re a big organization and backed by awesome fans,” Frei said. “I was ecstatic once I had the opportunity to join the team.”

Frei suffered a leg injury in 2011 and a broken nose in 2012 before losing his starting job in Toronto. However, he said he is fully healthy and eager for a fresh start in Seattle.

“The last two years have been frustrating for me on the pitch,” he said. “… I knew a change of scenery was probably best for me. It was just a question of where I would end up. I wanted to get to a team where I was wanted and needed, and a team where I could progress and get better as an individual, and Seattle totally fits that bill.”

At age 29, Marshall said he remains close to the form that earned him MLS defender-of-the-year honors in 2008 and 2009 as a member of the Columbus Crew.

“I kind of pride myself on my consistency and my play,” he said. “I felt like I had a good year for the Crew last year. I’m hoping to bring that to Seattle. There’s been a lot of change in the Crew obviously since the defender-of-the-year years, so I’m excited to get some stability. I kind of had a different center back partner every year since 2006, actually; so it will be nice to get some stability and have that going forward.”

Starting jobs seem available to both players, although each said he was brought in with no guaranteed role.

Meanwhile, reports intensified Wednesday across North America and abroad that Sounders designated player Clint Dempsey will return to Fulham of the English Premier League on a two-month loan. However, the Sounders said it will issue a statement only if and when a deal is complete.

More in Sports

U.S. women stun Canada in shootout to win hockey gold medal

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores the game-winner as the Americans win their first gold since 1998.

It’s expensive, but hockey in Seattle will be worth your while

Pace of play has become an issue in most sports, but NHL hockey is full-steam, all-out action.

Art Thiel: UW is a nice story, but Pac-12 is embarrassing

The fact that the conference may have just two NCAA Tournament teams is a really bad look.

U.S. men’s hockey team eliminated in Olympic quarterfinals

The Americans lose to the Czech Republic 3-2 in a shootout

Blackmouth opener lives up to expectations

State creel checkers tallied roughly one chinook for every 2.5 Area 9 anglers on opening day.

Surprised by trade, Souza ready to help D-backs win

The former Cascade star will fill a key role in the outfield for an Arizona team that expects to contend.

BLOG: Canadiens call up former Silvertips captain Noah Juulsen

Noah Juulsen, who served as the captain of the Everett Silvertips last… Continue reading

Window opens for Seahawks to franchise tag DT Richardson

Seattle must decide whether to use the expensive tag or let the defensive tackle test free agency.

Cascade alum Souza traded from Rays to Diamondbacks

Arizona sends Brandon Drury to the Yankees in the three-team deal involving the former local prep star.

Most Read