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Sounders sign Columbian defender Hurtado

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm with No Comments »
February 18, 2009 5:35 pm

The Sounders have officially announced the rumored pickup of Columbian central defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.


Terms were not announced, and Hurtado’s signing isn’t final until his international paperwork is complete.


Before the signing was announced, we asked coach Sigi Schmid how the march to his final roster is coming along.


"In regards to the total roster they’re still some positions open and decisions we have to make,” he said. “It’s unfortunate it’s a professional sport and those decisions come a little later or sooner. Again it’s all about the players’ performance. I think we are probably about 75-80% of the way there, but there is still 20-25% we still need to do."


Full information on the newest Sounder is available at SoundersFC.com.


Here’s part of the announcement release from the Sounders:


Hurtado, 24, completed a trial with Italy’s AC Milan last month. He saw action in a January 22 exhibition between Milan and Germany’s Hannover, playing the second half along with Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi.



Hurtado played the 2008 season for Deportivo Cali, where he was a teammate of Fredy Montero, a Sounders FC forward. In 2007, Hurtado played for Real Cartagena of the Colombian first division. He has played a total of 121 matches at the first and second division levels in Colombia since 2004.



"Jhon has good speed, he’s a good man-to-man marker, a good tackler and uses his speed to close people down," said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. "We had a chance to see him play 2-3 times, plus some video. We’re excited to have him join our team."



Hurtado will meet the team in Argentina on February 25.



The Sounders FC opens its inaugural MLS season on March 19, hosting the New York Red Bulls in a nationally televised game at the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.



Transaction: Seattle Sounders (MLS) – Signed D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado

Position: Defender

Height: 6-0

Weight: 183

Birthdate: 5/16/1984

Hometown: Palmira, Colombia

Last club: Deportivo Cali

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