Sounders FC, a week after trading its Defender of the Year Jeff Parke to Philadelphia, bolstered the team’s back line Thursday night by re-signing defenders Patrick Ianni (left) and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
Each has been with Seattle since Year 1 and had a contract that expired after the 2012 season.
“We are very excited about bringing back Patrick and Jhon again next season,” said coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “Both players have been with us since the start and it was important for us to keep continuity and consistency along a successful back line.”
Terms were not disclosed, per league and club policy.
Hurtado, 28, was an MLS All-Star and MLS Defender of the Year finalist in 2009, and Schmid said he began to return to that form this past season. Ianni, 27, was hampered by a calf injury at the end of the year but had been playing arguably the best soccer of his career in the early months.
Hurtado and Ianni were the Sounders starters at the start of the MLS season (Parke was benched following the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Mexico’s Santos Laguna).
So would you be comfortable with the same pairing in 2013?