August 8, 2018 / 6:52 PM / 3 months ago

Sounders get D Smith on loan from Bournemouth

The Seattle Sounders acquired defender Brad Smith on loan from Premier League club AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday, the final day of the secondary transfer window.

Smith, 24, has made nine appearances with Bournemouth, primarily at left back, since joining them in 2016. He spent 2013-16 with Liverpool, a stretch that included a loan to Swindon Town in 2014.

“Combined with his background, Brad’s significant speed and versatility on the flanks make our team immediately better for the stretch run of the season,” general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “We believe he can help our club continue its climb up the table and into the MLS Cup Playoffs.”

Smith also has 19 international caps for Australia since 2014, including 12 appearances in 2018 World Cup qualifying. He was left off the World Cup roster, however, in part because of a battle with a knee injury.

“When we became aware of Brad’s availability through our scouting network, it was a straightforward decision to bring him into our club,” Sounders VP of soccer and sporting director Chris Henderson said in a statement. “Anytime you can add someone entering the prime of their career with the type of background Brad brings to the table, it’s only going to make your team stronger.”

—Field Level Media

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