Sources: Anibaba traded to Seattle

It looks like the Fire have completed a pre-draft trade sending Jalil Anibaba to the Seattle Sounders in exchange for Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni. There could be other moving parts in the deal but that appears to be the meat of the trade.

Stay tuned.

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  • I seem to recall Hurtado chasing down Nyarko last year some time and thinking he must be one of the few defenders in the league who could really shut down Nyarko on speed.

    Both are experienced players, but the move is not going to send any ripples of excitement through the fan base, is it? I always thought Anibaba had promise as a center back, but I guess Yallop sees things differently.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Hurtado is a good defender although he's had some injury issues and has been up and down the last 2 years. I thought Anibaba had a future at CB as well.

    This would seem to be a precursor to another move since Ianni is pulling down $150k and Hurtado is at $190K.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Hurtado hasn't really had injury issues, other than a torn ACL that ended his season in 2010. Since then, he really hasn't had any injury issues that I can remember. He was benched in the first half of the season for some poor performances. He's at his best when paired with a strong, physical CB who is good in the air. His strengths are his speed, marking and athleticism. Be prepared for him to amaze you one week and make a costly mistake the next week. He marked Robbie Keane out of the match in LA last year, only to be part of the back line that allowed 5 goals at Colorado 2 weeks later.

    Ianni is definitely more prone to injury. He was signed to his current deal a year ago, with the expectation that he would replace Jeff Parke as a regular starter at CB. He injured his foot before the season started and didn't make his first appearance until the end of July and finished the season with 9 appearances. He is generally a decent CB, but he seems to have a habit of making one mistake in each game that will leave you scratching your head. He will occasionally score a spectacular goal, one of which won MLS goal of the year in 2012. He also scored a bicycle kick goal in Houston a few years ago. At $150k, he was just making too much for a player who has been a rotational CB for most of his career, especially with Djimi Traore on the roster for $120k.

  • In reply to Randy Meeker:

    Thanks for the scouting report Randy!

  • i like it, though think another deal has to be in the works (as G states) for it to really make sense. we'd be a bit stacked at CB both in quantity and salary.

  • Now who is our right back? This move doesnt make sense to me. Young defender who is a good player and a better draft pick for a worse draft pick and 2 vet CBs when we already have 2 pretty good ones. If they are planning on moving a CB it better not be Berry. He is as solid of a defender that we have had for a long time. This is a head scratcher to me.

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