So, ugh, we got a late addition to the trailist depth. After sending home over a dozen potential and hard seeking youngsters from the Seattle pre-season at Starfire. The Sounders have added Mason Trafford, a defender with the Canadian “national team”. I put that in quotations because, let’s face it, even with that draw Tuesday evening in Houston, Canada isn’t quiet the team they were a few years ago or even last summer when they pulled out a point on US territory.
But if you are like me,when Joshua Mayers posted his story about Trafford being added to the squad down in Tuscon, you were wondering “who the heck is this guy”? It’s only fair. The world is full of football and soccer players. I mean it’s a game where you kick something and run. It’s the most rudimentary sport ever. My son, who is only 3, has been playing since he could walk… kind of.
It’s kind of interesting that Wikipedia has kind of become the place to go to for discovering players and general history of “performance” and “evaluation. I’m with Richard Whittall, the world needs an international “fangraphs” for soccer. I would love to do one but… you know, I’m me. Just being associated with that would be all types of awesome.
According to Wikipedia, Trafford has kind of bounced around the last couple of years–much like me writing this article–and has not been connected with a team since this past summer. He was last spotted as a member of IFK Mariehamn, in the Finnish premier league where had signed a two-year deal back in 2010.
It would seem that Trafford spent his formidable years in North Vancouver and was a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 squad, prior to going over season and was a member of the 2008 Vancouver Whitecaps USL team that won the 2008 play-off Commissioner’s Cup against the Puerto Rico Islanders after falling just a point short against the Islanders during their regular season pursuit for the top spot in USL.
Overall Trafford seems interesting, If nothing else. He probably won’t make the team and likely will be forgotten by the mid-point of this season. But what Mason Trafford is doing few people get the opportunity to do (at least in America). He got the prestigious honour of representing his country internationally (even if it was Canada) and now has an opportunity to play professional.
Go get you some Mason Trafford.