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Seattle Sounders sign Tony Alfaro, team's top pick in the 2016 SuperDraft

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Tony Alfaro, left, with Todd Durbin of MLS after being selected by the Seattle Sounders at the 2016 SuperDraft.

The Seattle Sounders have signed center-back Tony Alfaro, the team's first pick in the 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, according to the club's website.

In addition to signing the 22-year-old Alfaro, the Sounders also announced that third-year player Damion Lowe will be sent to NASL club Minnesota United FC on loan for the season.

The Sounders hope that the 6-foot-2 Alfaro, a Division II All-American at Cal State Dominguez Hills, will give them added depth at the center-back position this season.

Seattle's other center-backs are Chad Marshall, Brad Evans, Zach Scott and Roman Torres.

"We're pleased to add a talented player like Tony to our roster as the 2016 season gets going," Sounders GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. "He's obviously a player we liked in the draft when we selected him and we're looking forward to continuing his development."

"Tony is a big center back with good feet and solid technical abilities who did well for us throughout the preseason," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. "He's a player with real potential who we think can provide good depth for us on the back line this season."

In a final move on Tuesday, Seattle acquired Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot from Toronto FC in exchange for General Allocation Money.

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