‘Northwest kid’ Weaver back home for a spell

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.comFebruary 15, 2014 

Despite playing most of his professional soccer career in Texas, forward Cam Weaver is about as purely Puget Sound as they come.

He was born in Tacoma, raised in Kent, played soccer at Kentwood High School, Skagit Valley College and Seattle University, and got his professional start in 2006 with the USL Seattle Sounders.

Then his career took him overseas and to San Jose and Houston of Major League Soccer before returning him home. He trained with Seattle Sounders FC on Friday at Starfire Sports in Tukwila.

“I’ve just been trying to figure out what’s next for me,” Weaver said. “I’ve been ... trying to stay fit in case things work out. I’m going to continue to play. I’m just very fortunate that the Sounders will let me come out and train and just kind of see what’s going on and if things might be able to work out.”

In five seasons with Houston, Weaver appeared in 81 regular-season games while scoring 12 goals and recording three assists.

Last season, he made 22 appearances, including six starts, and scored two goals.

After Houston was eliminated from the playoffs by eventual MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City, the Dynamo indicated it was time for it and Weaver to go their own ways.

Weaver, 30, continued to work out, bouncing between Houston and Seattle, before joining the Sounders for formal training Friday.

“We’ll look at Cam and see,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Anytime you can maybe pick up a veteran guy who wants to be back in Seattle ... we’ll see if it’s the right fit, if it makes sense. If it makes sense, we’ll do it, and if not, nothing’s going to be lost by it.”

Weaver signed his first professional contract with the 2006 USL Sounders. His coach then was Brian Schmetzer, now Schmid’s first assistant, and one of his teammates was Zach Scott, who still plays for the club.

“I was a young kid just straight out of college, and I didn’t take time to really soak it all in,” Weaver said. “It just happened so fast after that season that I jumped straight on a plane and went overseas to start playing. But ... it was so exciting just to be able to do what you love for a living in front of hometown family, friends.”

Now he hopes his career takes him full circle, back where it began.

“I’m a Northwest kid at heart,” he said. “I’m very proud (of the Sounders’ success) even though I haven’t been a part of it so far. ... We’ll see what happens.”

ADDED TIME

Defender Danny O’Rourke, 30, who played under Schmid in Columbus, also was a new face at training. ... Schmid reported results from second-round pick Jimmy Ockford’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam came back negative. ... The Sounders trained in wind and rain. Schmid pointed out there could be similar elements March 8 when the regular season opens against Kansas City at CenturyLink Field. ... The Sounders will train Saturday at CenturyLink for the first time this preseason before taking Sunday off. ... Schmid said some cuts could be made before Wednesday, when the club flies to Charleston, S.C., for three games at the Carolina Challenge Cup. ... Former Sounders and Tacoma Stars coach Alan Hinton announced on Twitter that he will not be part of the Sounders’ radio or TV broadcast teams this season.

Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer @donruiztnt

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