Hey, it worked out pretty well the last time, right?
After losing backup goalkeeper Bryan Meredith to Inter Miami FC in the expansion draft, the Sounders announced today that they have acquired Stefan Cleveland from Chicago Fire FC in exchange for Seattle’s 2020 SuperDraft first round pick. The Sounders will also acquire Chicago’s second round pick in the same draft.
“Following Bryan Meredith’s departure in the Expansion Draft last week, goalkeeper depth became a priority for us this offseason,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Stefan is a young goalkeeper that we look forward to bringing into our current group and working with Tom Dutra once preseason begins.”
Cleveland, 6’2″ and 185 lbs, is 25 years old and was selected by the Fire in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft with the 26th overall pick. He spent much of his time on loan with Lansing Ignite FC of the USL League One, making 22 starts. He had a 72% save rate and recorded seven clean sheets. His option was declined by the Fire on November 21.
This is the Sounders’ first movement of the offseason. They previously announced that they had declined the options of Jonathan Campbell, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Roman Torres, Victor Rodriguez, Alex Roldan, and Luis Silva. Torres recently penned a heartfelt goodbye to Sounders fans on Twitter. Rodriguez, reportedly, wants to return to Spain. Both those players, along with Campbell, Abdul-Salaam, and Silva, will be eligible for this afternoon’s Re-Entry Draft, which starts today at noon PST.
Additionally, defenders Kim Kee-hee and Brad Smith and midfielder Harry Shipp are all out of contract. Conversations with several of these players are ongoing, with the Sounders looking to limit turnover going into the CONCACAF Champions League.