Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire acquired midfielder Alvaro
Fernandez from Seattle Sounders FC on Friday in return for allocation money.
Capped 11 times for Uruguay, the 26-year-old Fernandez joined Seattle in 2010.
A designated player, Fernandez started 38 of his 55 league appearances for the
Sounders. He had 13 goals and three assists.
Fernandez is the second designated player acquired by Chicago this week. The
Fire signed Dutch striker Sherjill MacDonald on Tuesday.
"Alvaro is an experienced player that has proven himself as an offensive
weapon in MLS," said Fire manager Frank Klopas. "He is a versatile player and
can occupy a number of positions in the midfield. This addition strengthens
our squad as we enter the second half of the season."
Fernandez started his career with Uruguayan side Montevideo Wanderers in 2006.
He also played at Mexican side Puebla, and Nacional in Uruguay. He will join
Chicago before its match Saturday night at the San Jose Earthquakes.
Per team and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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