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Seattle Sounders' Henderson admits they tried to lure Gil

Seattle Sounders technical director Chris Henderson has told how the club attempted to bring young gun Luis Gil to the club.

The 16-year old was won in a weighted lottery by Kansas City Wizards but the club decided to trade for him with Real Salt Lake and Seattle getting the opportunity.

Gil eventually joined Real and Henderson admits it was due to the fact that the Wizards were after something that the Sounders couldn't offer.

"I think with Luis Gil, it was a chance for us and Salt Lake to put bids in," Henderson said in an interview in the Seattle Times.

"Kansas City winning the lottery had his rights, so a trade had to be done with them. Salt Lake ended up winning out.

"Kansas City might have been looking for something different than what we offered. You never know what a team wants in a trade, but we just had to put in our best offer."

But Henderson said it wasn't all bad as the Sounders were close to signing Miguel Montano, a player similar to Gil.

"He's not in town," Henderson said of Montano.

"It's day-to-day with him. I could be between 2-10 days before he gets his paperwork settled.

"We have submitted it all. He's a young player we are looking at for the future. We hope he can develop in our system and this is a chance for us to take a look at him."

Andrew Slevison
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