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July 16, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Sounders FC releases forward Jarrod Smith

Team news release below…Smith was at practice today but just sitting and watching and unable to take part.
RENTON, WASH. – The Seattle Sounders FC has released forward Jarrod Smith, the team announced today. Smith, 25, was selected by Seattle in the MLS Expansion Draft but had been on the disabled list since March 5.
Smith’s release creates an opening on the Sounders FC roster. (Jose: With other guys on the disabled list – Graham, Fucito, Eylander – that spot will be taken, I presume when one or more of those guys are taken off the DL.)
“Obviously we’ve already announced the signing of (Leonardo) Gonzalez and that takes one of those spots as well,” coach Sigi Schmid said today after practice.
Smith underwent successful surgery last week to repair a torn right hamstring tendon. He will continue rehabilitation in Seattle with the team and his MLS rights remain with Sounders FC.
Smith spent most of June with the New Zealand National Team for the Confederations Cup and related friendlies. He last saw action for Sounders FC in a U.S. Open Cup third round game at Portland on July 1. His only other appearance was in an Open Cup play-in match on April 28.
Smith played 20 games, starting six, during his rookie season with Toronto FC.

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