The Sounders continued a string of signings Thursday by announcing the addition of Michael Azira, a midfielder/defender who has been with the team since the start of preseason.
Per MLS and team policy, terms were not disclosed, but you can probably expect him to be a minimum-salary players. He apparently will not count as an international player, meaning Seattle still has one open spot.
“Michael is a versatile midfielder who can play outside back as well,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in a news release. “He’s a consistent passer and positions himself well defensively. He is very calm on the ball and adds depth to both the midfield and the back four.”
Here is some background on Azira from the release:
Azira, 26, started three of six appearances for Sounders FC during the 2014 preseason. He spent the previous two seasons with the Charleston Battery of USL-1, scoring seven goals in 46 appearances. Azira helped the Battery win the 2012 USL-1 Championship, scoring the game-winner in the final.
Azira played collegiately at Lindsay Wilson College and University of Mobile, where he earned NAIA All-America Honorable Mention. The native of Kampala, Uganda, Azira was called into the Uganda National Team for a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.