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September 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Sounders trade Servando Carrasco, draft pick to Houston for midfielder Adam Moffat

Adam Moffat

Adam Moffat

Just a couple hours before the roster freeze, the Sounders have made a move.

They traded midfielder Servando Carrasco and a natural second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Adam Moffat, a seven-year veteran.

Moffat, 27, is joining his fourth team since 2010 but was on coach Sigi Schmid‘s MLS Cup-winning Columbus Crew team in 2008 and also started in the 2011 and 2012 championship games with the Dynamo. He has set career-highs with 26 games, 24 starts and three goals for Houston this season.

Moffat isn’t expected to join the Sounders until Monday.

“I have known Adam since 2007, when I brought him to the Crew,” said Schmid in a news release. “He was a member our MLS championship team in Columbus and brings a fantastic attitude, has experience running the midfield, and a great shot from distance. Although it is difficult to see Servando leave, I am excited to welcome Adam to our team.”

This has also been a career year for Carrasco, who has set personal bests with 19 games and 13 starts, recording his first MLS goal and assist.

“We want to thank Servando Carrasco for his dedication to Sounders FC the last two-plus seasons,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in the release. “Days like today are bittersweet, as we lose a fantastic teammate and member of the Sounders family.  That said, we are very excited to bring Adam to Seattle.  He has been a part of three MLS Cup final teams and brings tremendous experience to our club.  At the age of 27, Adam is still in the prime of his career.”

Here is Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear in a news release: “Servando is a smart player who’s versatile and good on the ball. We also think he is a good player in MLS who can really help us endure a busy schedule.  With the games we’ve seen him play for Seattle, he can play central or he can play wide.  This is a difficult move because we know how popular Adam is, not only with the fans, but also with the coaching staff.”

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