It wasn’t long ago that the Seattle Sounders were suddenly linked to Colombian Yeimar Gómez Andrade of Unión de Santa Fe in Argentina. However, just like that, Andrade’s (former?) team is reporting that the Sounders have finalized a deal and Yeimar will join the Rave Green.
Union announces that the Seattle Sounders FC Club will execute the exit clause of the Yeimar Pastor Gomez Andrade player to add him next season to the Major League Soccer of the USA.
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The Sounders have yet to make any kind of announcement but it would be pretty unheard of for a team to announce a transfer that hadn’t actually happened. Seattle reportedly paid $2 million to buy Andrade out of his contract in lieu of a transfer fee.
Andrade is 27 years old and is built in the vein of the recently departed Roman Torres. He is a big body and at 6’2″, he is a master in the air. In the past three seasons, he averaged 3.3 aerial duels per game, which is 1.1 more than Torres’s best season in Seattle (let’s not start talking about Chad Marshall just yet). Andrade also averaged 1.7 tackles and 3.4 interceptions per game. He even scored five goals. He can play either centerback position and will most likely be partnered next to Xavier Arreaga.
The reported deal for Andrade would be a three year contract and would likely not take up a Designated Player spot. With visa processes and physical examinations, it’s unlikely that there will be any kind of formal announcement – or that Andrade will join the Sounders on the pitch – until some time next week at the earliest. However, by all indications, this seems like a done deal.