Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with that headline. On the back of their season ending MLS Cup 2016 win, the Sounders are shoring up their squad with some Christmas gifts for the coaches. Harry Shipp and Will Bruin are taking their schooners into the Puget sound on Christmas morning, docking, and heading straight to CenturyLink for a dressing down by Drew Carey. Harry is sailing in from Montreal, a straight shot down the St. Lawrence river (?) and Will is taking a water-taxi from Houston.

So who are these Christmas gifts?

Harry Shipp is an attacking midfielder with clever vision of the field and a knack for cheeky goals that make you go hmmm did he mean that? He was Chicago’s huckleberry for a couple years until he was unceremoniously shipped to Montreal last year. Shipp has had some ups and downs in the MLS, but he’s got a lot of skill and is a player who could make a real difference. He could be especially useful if Lodeiro needs a break or gets hurt. I think Seattle is expecting Shipp, who is only 25, to grow and partner with JMO Smooth (Jordan “Petsmart” Morris). Some flaws are his inconsistency and fitness. We’ll see, but it’s ostensibly a good pickup by Seattle.. Read more about Mr. Shipp here: Harry Shipp off to Sounders

here’s a quick highlight video of his time in the MLS:

Will Bruin, on the other hand, is a much more polished product. He’s spent six seasons with the Dyanmo and is second all time on their goal scoring list with 50 goals in 178 games plus 20 assists. He’s a forward and is very solid, though he had a bit of a down year last year on Houston. Though to be fair, Houston had a pretty down year on Houston. Bruin probably was protesting Houston’s crap behavior with a voluntary goal drought. He should be a nice replacement for outgoing forward Nelson Valdez. I envision a bit of a renaissance for Will on Seattle and get back to his double digit goal scoring days of 2012, 2014, and 2015. Read more about this dude here: Will Bruin goes to Sounders

Here’s some highlights of Will Bruin:

These guys both can ball. Well done, Sounders.