Seattle Sounders shake things up, decline contract options on 9 players

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Sounders have declined contract options on nine players for the 2016 season including midfielders Marco Pappa, Gonzalo Pineda and defender Zach Scott.

Seattle announced the contract decisions Wednesday. Among the others declined contract options were Leo Gonzalez, Chad Barrett, Andres Correa, Michael Azira, Troy Perkins and Thomas. Gonzalez and Scott were original members of the Sounders since their expansion season in 2009 and Scott previously played for the USL Sounders.

Seattle did exercise contract options on 11 players including: goalkeepers Stefan Frei and Charlie Lyon; defenders Chad Marshall, Tyrone Mears, Oniel Fisher, Damion Lowe, Jimmy Ockford and Dylan Remick; midfielders Aaron Kovar and Lamar Neagle; and forward Vic Mansaray.

Seattle currently has 21 players under contract for next season.