By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Seattle Sounders FC acquired defender Brad Smith on Wednesday. He was acquired on loan from English Premier League club AFC Bournemouth with Targeted Allocation Money.
This will be the first-time that Smith will play in the MLS. He previously spent five seasons playing in England.
“We are excited to add another quality player during this summer transfer window in Brad Smith,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “At just 24 years old, Brad brings a wealth of experience from both the Premier League and his time with Australia at the international level. Combined with his background, Brad’s significant speed and versatility on the flanks make our team immediately better for the stretch run of the season. We believe he can help our club continue its climb up the table and into the MLS Cup Playoffs.”
With AFC Bournemouth, he made 11 appearances, including five in the English Premier League. Before joining AFC Bournemouth, he made five appearances with Liverpool from 2013 through 2016.
He also made seven appearances on lone in 2014 with Swindon Town.
“When we became aware of Brad’s availability through our staff and scouting network, it was a straightforward decision to bring him into our club,” said Sounders FC Vice President of Soccer & Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “Anytime you can add someone entering the prime of their career with the type of background Brad brings to the table, it’s only going to make your team stronger. Brad’s reputation as a good pro, in addition to his speed, technical ability and proficiency at multiple positions are all strengths we’re eager to utilize. We’re excited to welcome him to Seattle.”
From 2011 through 2014, he appeared on the England U17, England U19 and England U20 teams. He made 16 appearances, including one goal in 2011.
He then switched in 2015 to the Australia U23 team, where he made eight appearances and had one goal. He also made 19 appearances for the Australian national team from 2014 through present day.