The Sounders lost defender Tyrone Marshall and gained a draft pick on Wednesday.
Seattle selected the rights to goalkeeper Chris Seitz of the Philadelphia Union with the ninth overall pick in the second stage of the MLS re-entry draft. The team later traded the 23-year-old to FC Dallas for a fourth-round SuperDraft pick in 2012.
Marshall was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 16th overall pick. The 36-year-old has appeared in 46 matches with 39 starts in his two seasons in Seattle. Marshall was voted the 2009 defender of the year by his teammates.
“First and foremost we want to thank Tyrone for his service to the club for the last two years,” said Adrian Hanauer, Sounders FC general manager, in a press release. “He was a contributor and a leader, and we wouldn’t have had the success that we had without him.”
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The teams which made selections in the draft have seven days to tender an offer to their respective players. If an offer is made and no agreement is reached, the club will hold the right of first refusal on the player’s services in MLS.
The biggest name to go in the draft was forward Juan Pablo Angel, who was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy gave up their fourth-round pick in the 2014 SuperDraft to the Houston Dynamo for the chance to take the Colombian, who saw his playing time diminish with the New York Red Bulls after the midseason arrival of Thierry Henry.
The Red Bulls had declined their option on Angel, who is their career scoring leader. He has not said whether he intends to stay in MLS or play elsewhere.
Other players whose rights were selected were Josh Wolf (D.C. United), Jimmy Conrad (Chivas USA), Ryan Cochrane (New England), Cory Gibbs (Chicago), Frankie Hejduk (Kansas City), Jeff Cunningham (Columbus), Luke Sassano (Los Angeles) and Fred (New England).
The Galaxy then traded the rights to Sassano to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for the rights to Hejduk. Hejduk, 36, played for the United States in the 2002 World Cup.