In a big move Friday afternoon, the Sounders traded midfielder Alvaro Fernandez to the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money.
The transaction frees up a designated-player slot on Seattle’s roster, which is expected to be filled by incoming German midfielder Christian Tiffert.
“We would like to thank Alvaro for his contributions to the club over the last two years and wish him well in the next chapter of his career with the Fire,” said Adrian Hanauer, part owner and general manager in a news release.
This is the second time the Sounders have traded a DP to Chicago, having received a conditional draft pick in 2010 for midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.
Fernandez, 26, is expected to join his new team before Saturday’s game against San Jose. He joined the Sounders midway through the 2010 season and recorded 13 goals and three assists in 55 games.
A Uruguayan international, Fernandez was second on the team with nine goals last year and scored one of the biggest goal in franchise history — the game winner on the road against Monterrey of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions League, a monumental result for American soccer.