Seattle Sounders sign Tony Alfaro, team's top pick in 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.
Sneak peak of my jersey⚽️ pic.twitter.com/2qNkX1Xhly- Tony (@alfarotony15) March 8, 2016
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.