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Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre now in Seattle Sounders camp

Feb 11, 2013, 6:34 PM EST

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Mikael Silvestre is making the MLS Pacific Northwest rounds.

He just finished a trial stint with Portland but has already moved on. He is now in Seattle Sounders training camp in Tucson.

Most observers who saw the former French international with Portland in Arizona said Silvestre more than held his own. The question then is at what Price is he willing to play?

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni and Zach Scott are the first-choice center backs at the moment for Sigi Schmid. Is that OK? Yes. Does it look like a central pairing that could take a team to MLS Cup? Not so much.

In fact, when you look at Seattle’s depth chart, the team looks great in goal, absolutely stacked in midfield and OK at forward. The back line is the one area that needs improvement.

(Yes, by the way, we are speaking a lot of a man who is 35 in Silvestre. That’s just what happens when a guy spends nine seasons at fabled Manchester United.)

  1. charliej11 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Oh boy. As a rule I don’t think that a guy who played in lopsided games most of his career translates to a competitive league very well. Hope the rule is wrong in this case, my Sounders could use some depth in D. I guess Sigi doesn’t like my ( and JK’s ) idea of playing Evans back. That is my second oh boy of the day. Sigh.

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