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January 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Sounders trade Hurtado, Ianni to Chicago for Jalil Anibaba, swap of draft picks

anibaba mugThe bulk of the move was reported earlier, but now it’s official: Sounders FC has traded defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni and the No. 13 overall pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft to the Chicago Fire for defender Jalil Anibaba and the No. 8 overall pick.

Seattle also got a conditional third-round pick in 2015 and cleared up about $200,000 of salary cap space.

Anibaba, 25, has started 93 of 96 games with Chicago over the past three seasons. He was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and started all 34 games last year, scoring a goal and adding a career-high three assists.

The Sounders should know him well, not just from his years in the league, but also from a training stint here in 2010 before his senior season in college at North Carolina.

Press release quotes after the jump:

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“One of the most difficult parts of this job is losing good people. Jhon and Patrick are both quality individuals who have been with our organization from the beginning. We wish them the best in Chicago.” — Adrian Hanauer, part owner and general manager

“Jalil is a center back who has tremendous upside. He has been very durable and we expect him to contribute right away.” — Sigi Schmid, head coach

“Adding Jhon, a former Defender of the Year finalist and  defensive All-Star, automatically makes our team better. Along with Patrick, we are adding valuable depth on the defensive side. While this trade addresses a key need, we thank Jalil for his time in Chicago and wish him all the best with his new club.” — Frank Yallop, Chicago head coach and director of soccer

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