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Sounders add Uruguayan Midfielder Fernandez


The list of Designated Players grew by one more in MLS Thursday, as the Seattle Sounders announced the signing of Uruguay World Cup veteran Alvaro Fernandez.

A 24-year-old midfielder, Fernandez joins Seattle after last playing for Universidad de Chile in Chile's Primera Division. He made four appearances for Uruguay at the World Cup in South Africa, starting the quarterfinal against Ghana and coming off the bench in three other matches.

Fernandez's addition further raises questions about the future of Freddie Ljungberg in Seattle. The Uruguayan is listed as a Designated Player, becoming the club's third — unless Ljungberg elects to skip town during the transfer window.

What do you think about Seattle's signing? Exciting to see a young, World Cup veteran join MLS?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I imagine the midfield would probably be this:


  2. This AM in the Times:

    “Bringing in younger players, whether that means for many years or whether a player’s value increases and then we sell the player back out of the league, by doing so we get allocation money and/or additional cash to help fund other parts of our soccer operation,” Hanauer said.

    Well you called it BCC. wow, MLS needs to get where they sign real players for good. Sounders are at a point where they can….and don’t ? doesn’t make sense.

  3. That’s impressive. Will be interesting to see how RSL, a team with no DPs, does against SFC, a team with three.


  4. He’s a versatile player he can play DM, CM, AM and RM.

    Even Sigi said he can play in pretty much any midfield spot.

  5. Not saying they don’t want more money…Sounders are playing and I am paying for three friendlies, just don’t think that is the reason they are signing a young DP.

    Winning is what they need to keep the people supporting in droves.

    Plus, they have already been burned big time by an older midfield DP.

  6. I don’t know whether Fernandez can play centrally. From what I’ve read he’s a wing player. I could be wrong since I know nothing about this guy beyond what I’ve read, but none of these descriptions indicate that he can play centrally.

    Hope I’m wrong.

  7. Exactly.. with the addition of Nkufo and Now the man from Uruguay.. the Sounders have serious attacking options and FL has no more excuses. Since we’re paying his salary we’re better keeping him through the season unless someone wants to buy his contract out. no reason getting rid of the guy if we just paid up for a third DP slot.

  8. It’s a start, If MLS can keep up the good signings well be in real bussines, keep good young talent coming, I believe we can grow by miles every year.

  9. I think he is on the “team committee” or something like that. It consists of a group of the leading players backing the “captain”, so the group is made up of de facto “vice-captains.” Still, you would think it somewhat of an honor, especially since he is only 22. I don’t think BorussiaMGladbach wants to sell him. I would almost suspect that they would like to convince him to stay and help them move up the Bundesliga. They have a pretty big fan base, history, and improving finances.


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