A Sounders FC roster already flush with homegrown talent added another local Wednesday as the team signed Kent native Cam Weaver, a 30-year-old forward who had been in practice as an invitee for several weeks.
Weaver, a towering 6 feet 4, is no stranger on the local soccer scene after beginning his pro career with the United Soccer Leagues Sounders in 2006, where was the league’s co-leading scorer and Rookie of the Year.
Following brief stints in Norway and San Jose, Weaver had spent the past four and a half seasons with the Houston Dynamo. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the signing weren’t disclosed.
“We are happy to bring Cam back home and love what he brings us in terms of experience and success in MLS,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in a news release. “He is dangerous in front of goal and competes for every ball. His character fits very well in our group.”
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The Sounders have 28 of 30 available roster spots filled, six by players who grew up in the area with Weaver, goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (Seattle), defender DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle), midfielders Lamar Neagle (Federal Way) and Aaron Kovar (Seattle), and forward Sean Okoli (Federal Way).
Weaver, who led Seattle University to an NCAA Division II championship in 2004, joined the Sounders on a tryout basis Feb. 14 and played four games in preseason en route to earning a contract. Upon arrival to camp, he called himself “a Northwest kid at heart.”
“I just feel proud that this whole area has just embraced the sport and the team and everything — even though I’ve been on a rival team since (the Sounders joined MLS),” Weaver said then. “It’s cool. I still feel somewhat of a part of it.”
• Sounders FC will continue to celebrate its 40th anniversary by honoring the 2007 team, which won the USL First Division title, at Saturday’s home game against Toronto.
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