Gudjohnsen set for Sounders trial

Gudjohnsen (ISI)

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Even after the additions of Christian Tiffert and Mario Martinez, the Seattle Sounders might not be done adding to their attack just yet.

According to the Seattle Times, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said that former Chelsea and Barcelona attacker Eidur Gudjohnsen will be with the club on trial this week ahead of the Sept. 15 MLS roster freeze deadline. As a free agent, he is able to sign with the club this season even though the league's transfer deadline has come and gone.

Gudjohnsen, an Iceland international who will turn 34 later this month, has had a journeyman career following his more notable stops at Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles, and Barcelona, where he was part of the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League winning team along with Thierry Henry. He last played for AEK Athens last season following a 2010-11 season split between Fulham and Stoke City and spent time at Tottenham and Monaco prior to that. 

What do you think of this development? What do you think this would mean for the Sounders' attack? Do you think his potential acquisition could change the Sounders' outlook?

Share your thoughts below.

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61 Responses to Gudjohnsen set for Sounders trial

  1. Seriously says:

    Anytime you can bring in a player of that pedigree it will help your club. No matter whether he still has the ability he once had or not, his experience can help other players grow.

  2. CSD says:

    I think he has the potential to be the greatest Icelandic player ever in the MLS.

    I can see him coming off the bench toward the end of the game. I don’t see him playing a full 90 in the MLS.

  3. ernj says:

    Better than Victor Palsson?

  4. Tyler says:

    There’s really no downside to this.

    Even if he doesn’t produce on the field, his experience and mentorship will be priceless for the young players.

  5. seaoctopus says:

    Plus Seattle has direct flights to Rejavik

  6. fa fa fooey says:

    I’m sure he’s going to like that artificial turf and the wonders it’ll have on his 34 y.o. knees.

  7. Michael V. says:

    He could provide a veteran prescence and act as a mentor for the younger players, much like Blaise Nkufo.

  8. Detroit Celery says:

    I have immense respect for Eidur from his time with Chelsea. His partnership with JF Hasselbank was immense quality. He was an important piece to the first two titles under Mourinho. He appeared to be a great teammate and worked really hard on the field.

  9. Hattrick says:

    He’s holding a cup! and the Sounders want to win the MLS cup and make a run at the CCL !!!!

  10. golkipa says:

    Good one.

  11. shutupayouface says:

    i second this. he never complained when he was on the bench, he just game in and did his job. quite well at that. he scored and set up quite a few.

  12. Old School says:

    If he doesn’t have the ability, he doesn’t need to be signed.

    We shouldn’t be in the business of signing players to simply help mentor young players. We already have a role for that as a paid employee…

    …they’re called managers.

  13. dan says:

    the only way seattle would sign him is if they think he can contribute… can’t see sigi signing a player to simply sit the bench and not contribute.

  14. 2ndsnares says:

    i cant really say i support chelsea but i LOVED that team and eidur was a big reason for that

    jimmy floyd + crespo too

  15. Skeeter says:

    Is EJ hurt?

  16. More Seriously says:

    Eider helps, but Seattle needs a stronger defense if they want to compete with elite teams of MLS and CCL.

    Their offense is already superb, but there is no rock in the back to intimidate opposing attackers.

  17. sd says:

    2nd lowest GA argues against your point

  18. Eugene says:

    Wow, quality player. It would be interesting to see what physical shape he is in at 34, and whether he’s lost a step.

  19. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Lol. Impossible.

  20. Michael Bradley's Hair says:

    And he would a huge marketing opportunity to all of Seattle’s 32 Icelandic Ex-pats

  21. Vic El Paso texas says:

    I can not believe it, so why not ballack, drogba, raul, and all those other over 30. Also, i can not believe everybody its talking positive about this move. Then why not anelka and players at his AGE and LEVEL…….. Seattle deserves better ,especially their fans. Grass and real Dps

  22. peterjh says:

    Seattle already has 3 DPs. If they can fit him under the salary cap, and he can contribute, then I don’t see why this would be a bad move.

  23. Michael Bradley's Hair says:

    By the way, Eidur Gudjohnsen literally means Edward Good Johnson. So in all its hilarity, there would two Eddie Johnson’s in Seattle.

    One good and one bad :)

  24. Michael Bradley's Hair says:

    Because Seattle has to cater to its white supremacist viking fan base unforunately

  25. He’ll be needed in the post-Montero era.

  26. Vic El Paso texas says:

    Look at owen, he could of gone to an MLS team like Seattle. Who are seattles dps, montero and who else……. Their goalie, rosales, tiffert. montero doesn’t take seriously mls, and i truly believe Seattle could be a hotbed for dps like a drogba style or even beckham style but they need grass…….n maybe their own wembley due to their soccer history. So who will get grass first in the northwest , i think Vancouver will get their own stadium and with grass.

  27. 2tone says:

    Win win situation. Looks like LA is about to bolster their attacking options with Wilhelmsson.

    Gudjohnsen will help further boost attacking options. He can play as a CAM or a second striker, and he is a very good locker room guy as well. Nothing wrong with signing him up to a 2 year contract. Seattle wants to make deep runs in both the CCL and MLS cup competitions. If he is signed then Gudjohnsen will further help Montero and Johnson stay healthy, and better match fit because there will be a rotation to a certain degree. El Tanque a.k.a. Ochoa is not a guy you want leading the line if Johnson and Montero go down with injuries for an extended period of time.

  28. 2tone says:

    Really Montero doesn’t take MLS seriously. You his confidant. Pretty sure Montero has always set his sights with goals to specifically win the MLS trophy and the golden boot. If he didn’t take MLS seriously then he would have asked to return to Colombia.

  29. Skyward says:

    I watched him play the second half of last year with Fulham. He still had it then.

  30. Vic El Paso texas says:

    Only his first season was good……. Sounders don’t need him, a real good soccer player does not does not sit on the bench. Sounders need a new coach, sigi is not bad but his tactics and soccer coach personality along with his coach skills are not for Seattle Sounders. Their fans deserve something like ronaldinho or becks style, but they need grass and maybe their own wembley.

  31. Yoko Ono says:

    No way. he’s been way past it for 3years. why would he sign here for less than a quatter million a year

  32. peterjh says:

    Only his first season was good?

    You need less grass, my friend.

  33. Skeeter says:

    Seattle ain’t Chicago.. We don’t act like we care about the the guys who invented to dogs

  34. Greg Sage says:

    That’s Portland

  35. Jozy says:

    send me up some of that weed Vic

  36. Old School says:

    You’re right about one thing, Seattle isn’t Chicago.

    We have an SSS.

    Plus, Icelandic population? That’s news to me…..

  37. Old School says:

    Hasn’t the post-Montero era been expected for about 4 years now?

  38. BWHOOP says:

    If goal differential in MLS is your measure of a team’s defense you need to go back to FIFA 12 and stop talking on blogs. How has Seattle fared against Mexican clubs in CCL? I remember a 7-3 loss on agg. to Santos earlier this year.

  39. Joe shmoe says:

    Oh please 35 year old guy from Iceland LOL! what the f*cking management is doing?

  40. Rabid RBNY says:

    Drogba? Have you noticed what has been happening in China lately?

  41. FulhamDC says:

    That was the second half of the 2010-2011 season. He played in Greece last year.

  42. Shirley from Community says:

    Now that sounds racist…

  43. Dale Chihuly says:

    try and win against Seattle sometime

  44. Skeeter says:

    Would the Sounders hold some discovery on him. Perhaps it didn’t work out and he signed with CHICAGO?

  45. ba ba booey ba ba booey says:

    Dude is washed up. He didn’t do cr*p for Barca when he was there.

    Seattle needs to get grass if they are to be taken seriously. They lay out the grass for the Euro teams, but not for their own??? Inferiority complex ?

    They are really insulting their fans if they think the fans don’t know it better. They made a lot of money from the gate so it’s not an excuse from a financial standpoint.

  46. Grass Fetish lol says:

    It appears SSFC insults you more

  47. BBB says:

    When I see mid 30s has-beens playing professional footie in the US I get this odd feeling of deja vu. (And for those under 40, it didn’t work out too well the first time around.)

  48. Blacksmith says:

    Slight adducter strain according to the team. Decided to rest him last week rather than subject him to the rigors of heat and travel to Trinidad and Tobago and Frisco.

    My guess is that the team is setting itself up for a run in the playoffs and didn’t want to take a chance on aggravating a minor injury going into the home stretch.

    Gudjohnsen would help to shore up the team’s depth at forward and give them even more tournament experience. Seattle still has some cap room and this would be a nice way to use it.

  49. sd says:

    Where did i say GD?

    Theyve allowed the second least goals. Thats what defense is. Not allowing goals.

  50. sd says:

    Also sounders won first match in mexico against a full squad. (Dont count dallas because they played a reserve team)

  51. seaoctopus says:

    You have a SSS in the middle of nowhere in Bridgeview. I’ll take plastic in downtown where I can actually get to the game from within the eponymous city that the team is based in.

  52. seaoctopus says:

    actually Seattle needs more grass ;-)

  53. seaoctopus says:

    No grass until they get a separate stadium. This year is worse because we share it with the Seahawks AND the UW Huskies.

    But until someone coughs up the $$$, we won’t see another stadium for awhile…

  54. Knuckles says:

    Actually, so do we. It just holds more fans than yours.

  55. Vic El Paso texas says:

    Get grass and maybe your own type of Wembley stadium because sounder fans deserve it. If it wasn’t for the fans, it would be another revolution situation or even Red bull. Look at reality Sounders management, get grass and look for stadium land. You already got the fans, so now treat them like fans. If not remodel your stadium with more.soccer details and Sounders colors.

  56. The Imperative Voice says:

    I’d be worried about winning something MLS (not USOC) before we start really talking CCL. The reality to me is that Seattle by virtue of these USOC wins has been fighting above its weight class in CCL. When they qualify based on MLS one would think they might be more competitive internationally.

    Historically most really competitive MLS sides have a positive GD and at least a good GF and GA. Usually if they win it all they have a great offense or defense. In terms of Seattle, they look good by both measures, though not exceptional. They might make 50 GF or 30 GA, and neither blows the mind. So I’d say they can improve on either end, and if they have title aspirations, should still be turning over the roster.

    That being said, is a O-30 the missing link to the success I figured would follow Sigi there? Not really. I don’t know, something’s off in Seattle. With that fan support they should be incredible. But they play on turf and who knows what that does to their recruitment. And something about Montero doesn’t scream clutch. But it’s like they should be good but are never quite great.

  57. The Imperative Voice says:

    All due respect to the turf football stadiums’ efforts to secure pricey and posh friendlies, but I can’t quite bring myself to call playing on a surface one rolls out “playing on grass.” When the passes barely roll and the lofted balls drop down dead, you know it’s in practice not really that much more a real grass surface than the turf it’s covering.

    As far as them or NE moving, what are we, nuts? The attendance disparity between the two is the dis-proof that a SSS is requisite. It really does come down to motivated fans. And a SSS would require loans, bonds, etc., a mortgage, landlord-tenant, all that expense and BS. Or they CAN PLAY FOR FREE AT THEIR PARENT STADIUM. I dislike turf soccer but aesthetics and injuries aside, what makes better financial sense?

    Now, if the Krafts or Allen ever decide to sell, that’s another story. But for now there should be a good football stadium pile and a bad one. You wanna toss DCU in a bad one with its RFK lease — like anyone else is using the place — fine. But these are relatively new stadia they can use for free, and many others including the Dynamo in their new playpen can’t say that.

  58. The Imperative Voice says:

    I am going to point out that there is this substance called water that falls from the sky nearly year-round (I exaggerate a tad, but not much) in the feet of depth, up there in the NW. The field is turf in part to deal with that, though I will admit some of the concept is mutual wear and tear on a grass field by both football and soccer. But they do have to create a playing surface that in their climate does not reduce to a bog or peat farm over time. It’s not let’s be lazy and have turf…..

    Kind of like, when I start hearing people wanting to play a European season with these Canadian teams in the league, I want for them to buy tickets for the January games there.

  59. Kejsare says:

    In their defense, this aint no Astrodome turf.

  60. Kejsare says:

    Roll on Colombia?