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Sounders swaps duo for Anibaba

Jalil Anibaba #6 of Chicago Fire
Jalil Anibaba joins Seattle Sounders.
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The Seattle Sounders have sent defenders Patrick Ianni and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado to the Chicago Fire for defender Jalil Anibaba.

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The teams announced the trade Wednesday. Chicago and Seattle also swapped first-round picks in the MLS SuperDraft with the Sounders now selecting eighth and the Fire getting the No. 13 pick. Seattle also picked up a conditional third-round pick in 2015.

Anibaba has started 93 of 96 appearances for Chicago over the past three seasons. He started all 34 regular-season matches in 2013, scoring one goal and three assists.

Hurtado and Ianni are both original Sounders, having been with the club since its inception in 2009. Hurtado was a finalist for MLS defender of the year in 2009. The 29-year-old joined Seattle from Colombian club Deportivo Cali. Ianni, 28, joined Seattle in a trade from Houston before the start of the 2009 season.

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