With the Sounders in need of a goalkeeper (Gspurning?), they could also be interested in a left/right defender. Joachim Thomassen could be that defender. The 23-year-old currently plays for Fredrikstad FK in the Tippeligean (Norway D1). The season ends on November 27 and FFK are sure to stay in the first division.
Thanks to our newest partner, soundersfc.de.to, SSFC-Rumors has found out that the Sounders could be interested in the Norwegian defender. A recent article by The Seattle Times broke the news a few days ago.
"I would go (Sigi Schmid), 'Who's that guy?' (Kurt Schmid, scout for the Sounders and son of Sigi) 'Oh this guy plays left fullback. He's playing over at Fredrikstad.The left fullback could certainly be Thomassen. The 23-year-old has played in a number of youth level for Norway (Under-17/19/21). The #1 left back for the club in 2009, Thomassen could be a replacement for Tyson Wahl or Leonardo Gonzalez.
Thursday evening update:
Just found some really nice information about Thomassen:
- For his efforts in the left back position, he was voted the "Man of the Match" a few weeks ago.
- In May 2009, he signed a contract with FFK until 2012.
Joachim Thomassen 2011 League/Cup stats
Games played: 28
Yellow Cards: 3
Current PP90**: 0.34
**Points Per 90 is 2 times Goals plus Assists divided by Minutes times 90.