The Seattle Sounders signed defender Brad Smith to a contract, the team announced Thursday.
Smith played two seasons with the Sounders, including last year on the MLS Cup championship team. He was a free agent after his contract expired with Bournemouth following the English club’s relegation from the Premier League.
The 26-year-old Australian will be available for training and competition upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and completion of any mandatory quarantine period under local government and MLS health and safety protocol.
“We are very excited to bring in Brad, a proven winner who adds even more speed and athleticism to our squad,” said Garth Lagerwey, the Sounders general manager and president of soccer.
“With Brad being out of contract, this was a uniquely good deal for us, allowing the club to add a high impact player during this unorthodox season.”
Smith recorded seven assists in 31 MLS appearances (28 starts) for the Sounders in 2018-19. He started all four playoff games last year, including the MLS Cup final against Toronto FC.
“Brad was a very good player for Sounders FC and helped us win a championship at home in 2019,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said. “He is a good guy to have in the locker room and already has established relationships with players on our team. I’m looking forward to bringing him back into the squad.”
–Field Level Media