Sounders swaps duo for Anibaba
The Seattle Sounders have sent defenders Patrick Ianni and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado to the Chicago Fire for defender Jalil Anibaba.
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.