I was just about to head to the gym, when this release popped into my inbox from the team. Certainly appears to be good news for Sounders FC fans, securing the future of an MLS all-star and holding onto a USMNT international.
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Sounders FC Completes Hurtado Transfer, Extends Evans Contract, Re-Signs Wahl
RENTON, WASH. – The Seattle Sounders FC announced today that it has completed the transfer of defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, extended the contract of midfielder Brad Evans and re-signed defender Tyson Wahl.
Each player is entering their second year with the Sounders FC. Per club and Major League Soccer policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“Jhon Kennedy was a very strong performer for us during our first season and with his permanent transfer we are able to assure our nucleus remains intact,” said general manager Adrian Hanauer. “Together with our agreements with Brad and Tyson, this further prepares us to go forward in establishing Sounders FC as a championship contender within MLS and the region.”
In 2009 Hurtado, 25, had played for Seattle while on loan from Colombia’s Deportivo Cali. His rights have now been permanently acquired by Sounders FC. Hurtado was a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year and a member of the MLS All-Star team in 2009. He appeared in 27 games, starting 26, in Seattle’s central defense.
Now entering his fourth MLS season, Evans, 24, scored three goals and added two assists for the Sounders FC in 2009. He started 25 matches and was a substitute in two others. Evans earned his first three U.S. international caps during the 2009 Gold Cup, and he has been called in for the USA-El Salvador friendly to be played on February 24 in Tampa.
Wahl, 25, started nine times and in appeared in 12 League matches altogether last year. He is entering his fifth MLS season.