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With the signing of Designated Player and FC Kaiserslautern midfielder Christian Tiffert, the Seattle Sounders needed to create a DP opening on their roster. With the trade of Alvaro Fernandez to the Chicago Fire, they've done just that.
The Sounders sent Fernandez to Chicago in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money Friday, making way for Tiffert and sending a DP to Chicago for the second time in two years. They traded Freddie Ljungberg to the Fire in 2010 on the heels of signing Fernandez. It is the second DP acquisition by the Fire this week after they signed Dutch striker Sherjill MacDonald Tuesday.
Fernandez joined the Sounders after playing for Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He scored 13 goals and had three assists in his two years with the Sounders, including nine goals last season.
What do you think of the deal? Do you see Tiffert as an upgrade over Fernandez? Do you see this move making Chicago a contender in the East?
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