At the close of yesterday’s transfer window, the Seattle Sounders added a pair of players, the team announced today.
The Sounders acquired Emanuel Cecchini on loan from Malága CF using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). Cecchini is a 22-year-old Argentinian defensive midfielder. He is 5’11” and 170 lbs. He previously played for Banfield in his hometown, having a breakout season in 2016-17, starting all 27 games and scoring 4 goals. His performance prompted his transfer to Malága. He was transferred back to Banfield, where he started 14 of 15 appearances in the 2018-2019 season.
The Sounders’ second signing may be a familiar name to some. Forward/midfielder Luis Silva previously played in MLS for Toronto FC, DC United, and Real Salt Lake. His last stint was in 2018 with RSL, where he scored five goals in 19 appearances. Last season he played for Honka FC of the Finnish division and started 10 of 13 appearances there, notching three goals. Silva has 32 goals and 16 assists in 157 career MLS regular-season games played.
“We are pleased to add a pair of quality players to our roster as the window closes this summer. Emanuel gives us a good, versatile option in the midfield, while Luis provides us another option and some good depth in the attack,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Combined with our other signings this season, we feel confident in our position to make a strong run as we approach the final third of the season and playoffs.”
“As a coach, I’m always happy when we add quality players to the team,” said Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. “Emanuel and Luis give us two more options to our squad, so I’m looking forward to bringing them in and seeing how they mesh with the group.”
Both transactions are pending receipt of the players’ respective P-1 Visas and International Transfer Certificates, so it is unlikely that they will be available for Sunday’s game against the New England Revolution. That game kicks off at 1 pm PT from CenturyLink Field and will be available on Joe TV locally and YouTube TV nationally.