Make this the sixth-straight business day the Sounders have made a transaction.
Seattle signed goalkeeper Steve Clark on Monday but immediately traded him to the Columbus Crew for a fourth-round draft pick in 2015. Terms weren’t disclosed by MLS and team policy, and he will be officially added upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
Clark, 27, is a Michigan native who has played the past four years in the Norwegian first division with Honefoss BK. He was on Seattle’s discovery list, meaning the Sounders had right of first refusal on his MLS rights, which explains why it was a quick sign-and-trade.
Here is Gregg Berhalter, Crew sporting director and coach, in a news release: “Steve is a player that has risen through the ranks of Norwegian football and has established himself as a top goalkeeper abroad. He was all-league in Norway and has enjoyed three consecutive strong seasons. Steve has presence, good reflexes and is extremely good in one-on-one situations, and he brings intensity to the goalkeeping position.”
It might be hard not to compare Clark and new Sounders addition Stefan Frei if both ultimately end up as starters next season.