While they are not quite Batman and Robin running around stopping crime and locking up criminals, Sounders FC General Manager Garth Lagerwey and Vice President of Soccer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson can be rightfully called the dynamic duo of MLS.
In less than a month Lagerwey and Henderson were able to add talent and depth to a team that was already starting to click after a slow start to the MLS season. On July 1st the Sounders announced the signing of international Kelvin Leerdan. A 27-year defender from the Netherlands. Leerdam joined the Sounders after playing nine seasons with Feyenoord and SBV Vitesse, two teams that compete in the Eredivisie, the Netherlands top division. In Leerdam the Sounders acquired a fast and talented defender who is able to push upfield and become an offensive threat.
On August 2nd the Sounders announced the signing of winger Victo Rodriguez, a 28-year-old Spanish winger who spent four the last five season playing in La Liga, the Spanish Leagues top division which had the like of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletico Madrid. Three of the top clubs in the world
While Leerdam and Rodriguez were getting acclimatized to their surroundings and teammates, Lagerwey and Henderson signed brought back former Sounder and favorite son Lamar Neagle from D.C United, after trading him two years ago. The price and timing was right due to D.C undergoing the proverbial roster fire sale.
The Sounders gave up their fourth round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. One day after signing Neagle, the Sounders announced the arrival of Midfielder Callum Mallace from the Montreal Impact in exchange for a 2019 Fourth Round MLS Super Draft selection. Mallace has five years of MLS experience and played 80 games for the Impact.