Sounders FC and designated player Blaise Nkufo have parted ways, in what is being called a mutual agreement to end the Swiss forward’s tenure with the club.
Coach Sigi Schmid said the decision was made “a few days ago” during a meeting with Nkufo.
“We went over different things and it was just a mutual decision that it was probably good to move on at this stage, that it wasn’t working in terms of his situation, our situation,” Schmid said. “It was very mutual.”
Nkufo, 35, joined the club in the middle of last season after playing for Switzerland in the World Cup.
He scored five goals in 11 MLS games, including the only hat trick in Sounders’ history Sept. 18 at Columbus.
He came to Seattle after seven seasons and 260 appearances with FC Twente of Holland’s first division. A statue in his honor stands on Twente’s stadium grounds.
However, Nkufo never seemed to fully mesh with the Sounders, and he was left unprotected – and went unclaimed – in the offseason expansion draft.
A club press release says details of Nkufo’s exit are being negotiated by the team, his representative and MLS. Nkufo joins Freddie Ljungberg as international designated players who signed and then left the Sounders.
Don Ruiz, staff writer