Sounders FC has signed midfielder Gonzalo Pineda, a former Mexican international and World Cup veteran who has been in camp a few weeks.
Pineda, 31, will be added to the roster upon the receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate. Per team and MLS policy, terms were not disclosed.
The 31 year old has made 32 appearances for the Mexican national team, starting three of four games in the 2006 World Cup. He has played 208 games in Mexico’s Liga MX with teams like UNAM Pumas, Chivas, San Luis, Cruz Azul, Puebla and, most recently, Queretaro.
Here are some quotes from the news release:
“Gonzalo Pineda is a central midfielder with World Cup experience. He is a cerebral player with good technique and vision. Gonzo reads the game very quickly and is always thinking ahead of the play. We are happy to add the Mexican International to our squad for 2014.” — Chris Henderson, sporting director
“Gonzalo is an experienced player who can control a game in midfield. His left foot and vision on the ball will help us in key situations.” — Sigi Schmid, head coach
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Lastly, be sure to check out this penalty kick from Pineda in a 2005 shootout against Argentina in the Confederations Cup…