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June 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Andrew Duran loaned out to Atlanta (NASL)

duran mug 2012.jpgUPDATE 3:58 p.m. — A Sounders FC spokesman says there’s “no exact time frame” on Andrew Duran’s loan. Seattle and Atlanta will stay in contact and make that decision together.

UPDATE 2:57 p.m. — According to the Silverbacks, Duran’s loan will be for the rest of the 2012 season.

Sounders FC defender Andrew Duran has been loaned out to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the second-tier North American Soccer League, the team announced Friday.

No timeline on the loan deal was given in a news release.

Duran, Seattle’s first-round pick in January’s MLS SuperDraft, hasn’t played this season outside of four games in the reserve league. The 22 year old missed several weeks earlier in the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and it certainly seems like minutes might’ve been hard for him to find in the short term.

In recent years, the Sounders have loaned out players like Michael Tetteh (Orlando City) and Miguel Montano (Montreal) to lower-league teams during the season. Other players like Lamar Neagle and Alex Caskey (Charleston) benefited from longer stays in years off from MLS.

Interesting that the deal was made with Atlanta, which the Sounders purchased Open Cup hosting rights from last month for a third-round game.

Any thoughts on the move?

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