The Sounders announced Thursday that they have signed defender Andrew Duran and forward Babayele Sodade. The two rookies were drafted in the MLS SuperDraft in January.
Per league and club policy, terms were not disclosed. More than likely they’ll be off-budget or “below the line” players that don’t count against the salary cap.
Duran, 22, was drafted out of Creighton and can play at center back or at either outside back position. He was drafted by Seattle with the 15th overall pick in the first round.
“Andrew was our first round pick and we feel he is a very solid defender,” said coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “He either wins his duels or doesn’t lose his duels, which is important. His passing has been good for us out of the back and he’s also very versatile, two-footed and has played at left and right back as well as in the middle.”
Sodade, 21, pretty much announced his signing on Twitter earlier this week. The 6-foot-3 product of Alabama-Birmingham provides depth as a target forward and was taken with the 34th overall pick in the second round.
“Sodade represents something a little different from our other forwards,” said Schmid. “He’s a big, physical presence up there. We think there’s a lot of raw talent there and we like his attitude-he works very hard, he’s got good speed and good feet for a big guy. Sodade is a player who will provide us with some alternatives up front.”
This appears to be one step of many as the Sounders finalize their 2012 roster.
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