MLS Moves: 'Flaco' returns to Sounders

Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez is back at Seattle for his second stint, signing on Thursday, a day after the Sounders acquired fellow Uruguayan international Nicolas Lodeiro.

"Flaco" was in Seattle from 2010-2012, scoring 13 goals in 55 MLS regular-season matches. He won Open Cup titles with the Sounders in 2010 an 2011.

"It's always great to bring back members of the Sounders family, and Alvaro is a player who knows the organization very well and can instantly come in and contribute to this team," said Sounders FC general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey. "Paired with yesterday's signing of Nicolas Lodeiro, we think we've added two players who immediately make our team better on the field."

Fernandez, who has been capped 12 times by Uruguay, made four appearances at the 2010 World Cup, where the Celeste finished fourth. He left Chicago after the 2012 season and has played for Al Rayyan in Qatar, Nacional in Uruguay and Gimnasia y Esgrima of the Argentine first division, where he has five goals in 57 league appearances.
The signings of Fernandez and Lodeiro come the same week the Sounders fired head coach Sigi Schmid. Assistant Brian Schmetzer was named interim head coach.

*MLS Summer Moves:
Chicago Fire
IN: Michael de Leeuw (Free, Michael de Leeuw)

Colorado Rapids
IN: GK Tim Howard (Transfer, Everton/ENG)

Columbus Crew
IN: GK Zack Steffen (Transfer, Freiburg/GER)
OUT: M Emil Larsen (Transfer, Lyngby/DEN)

D.C. United
IN: M Lloyd Sam (Trade, NY Red Bulls)
IN: F Patrick Mullins (Trade, New York City)
OUT: F Fabian Espindola (Trade, Vancouver Whitecaps)

FC Dallas
IN: D Aubrey David (Loan, Saprissa/CRC)
IN: F Getterson (Loan, J. Malucelli/BRA)

Houston Dynamo
IN: M Eric Alexander (Trade, Montreal Impact)
OUT: M David Rocha (Contract terminated, Real Oviedo/SPA)
OUT: M Leonel Miranda (Loan expired, Defensa y Justicia/ARG)

LA Galaxy

Montreal Impact
IN: F Matteo Mancosu (Loan, Bologna/ITA)
IN: D Amadou Dia (Trade, Sporting KC)
IN: M Hernan Bernardello (Free, Alaves/POR)
OUT: F Cameron Porter (Trade, Sporting KC)
OUT: M Eric Alexander (Trade, Houston)

New England Revolution

New York City FC
IN: D Maxime Chanot (Transfer, Kortrijk/BEL)
OUT: F Patrick Mullins (Trade, D.C. United)

New York Red Bulls
OUT: M Lloyd Sam (Trade, D.C. United)

Orlando City
IN: D Jose Aja (Loan, Nacional, Uruguay)
OUT: M Adrian Winter (Contract terminated, FC Zurich/SUI)
OUT: F Bryan Rochez (Loan, Real Espana/HON)

Philadelphia Union
IN: M Derrick Jones (Homegrown Signing, Bethlehem Steel FC)

Portland Timbers
IN: D Vytautas Andriuskevicius (Free, Cambuur/NED)
IN: GK Chris Konopka (Ross County/SCO)
OUT: GK Adam Kwarasey (Transfer, Rosenborg/NOR)
OUT: GK Chris Konopka (Free, )

Real Salt Lake
IN: F Pedro Baez (Loan, Cerro Porteno/PAR)
OUT: F Devon Sandoval (Loan, Rayo OKC)

San Jose Earthquakes

Seattle Sounders
IN: M Nicolas Lodeiro (Transfer, Boca Juniors/ARG)
IN: M Alvaro Fernandez (Transfer, Gimnasia y Esgrima/ARG)

Sporting KC
IN: M Emmanuel Appiah (Free, Colorado Rapids)
IN: F Cameron Porter (Trade, Montreal Impact)
IN: D Amadou Dia (Trade, Montreal Impact)

Toronto FC
IN: F Tosaint Ricketts (Free, Boluspor/TUR)
OUT: D Damien Perquis (Contract terminated, Nott. Forest/ENG)

Vancouver Whitecaps
IN: D David Edgar (Free, Birmingham City/ENG)
IN: D Marcel de Jong (Free, Sporting KC)
IN: M Alphonso Davies (Homegrown Signing, Whitecaps FC 2)
IN: F Fabian Espindola (Trade, D.C. United)
OUT: F Octavio Rivero (Transfer, Colo-Colo/CHI)
OUT: D Sam Adekugbe (Loan, Brighton & Hove Albion/ENG)
OUT: F Fabian Espindola (Transfer, Necaxa/MEX)
*Since opening of summer window.
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