March 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Sounders sign Ashani Fairclough, Philip Lund
Sounders FC announced the signings of defender Ashani Fairclough and midfielder Philip Lund on Friday, a couple moves that fill out the bottom of the roster.
The new additions have been camp for a couple months already.
Fairclough was an undrafted rookie out of South Florida who came to Seattle after the supplemental draft. Lund was a trialist from Denmark who was here upon the start of preseason. Terms of the deals were not disclosed, per MLS and team policy — though I’d think they’re both about minimum-salary guys.
The duo will be added to the roster upon receipt of their P-1 visas and international transfer clearance.
Fairclough, 20, has been playing as a center back with the Sounders and has experience with the Jamaican national team for the U-17s (where he was captain) and U-20 (where he once played at 16 years old). He has permanent residence status.
“Ashani is very physically gifted,” said coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “He’s a fast and powerful defender and has great potential for the future.”
Lund, 23, has played as a wide midfielder and forward for the Sounders. He played four seasons in Denmark for Vejle Boldklub, Kolding FC (on loan) and — most recently — FC Fyn of the second division. He also has U-19 experience with the Danish national team.
“Phillip is a hard-worker who can play multiple positions,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in the release. “His fitness is good, his technique is good, and he looks to shoot when he gets opportunities.”
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