Anibaba traded to Seattle

By From page B1 | January 16, 2014


DHS graduate Jalil Anibaba — shown here playing for the Chicago Fire — was traded on Wednesday to Seattle, one of the premiere franchises in MLS. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo

The Chicago Fire have traded Davis High graduate Jalil Anibaba to Seattle Sounders FC for defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni, according to a report in the Seattle Times.

The Fire and Sounders also swapped first-round picks in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.

“Jalil is a center back who has tremendous upside,” Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid told the Times on Wednesday. “He has been very durable and we expect him to contribute right away.”

Anibaba made 96 appearances in three years for Chicago, scoring four goals and contributing five assists.

Last year, the 2007 Gatorade California Prep Soccer Player of the Year started and played in all 34 games for the Fire, who finished with a 14-13-7 record, missing the playoffs on a tiebreaker.

The move sends Anibaba, who graduated from DHS in 2007, to an MLS title favorite in Seattle, which features United States national soccer team captain Clint Dempsey.

The Sounders have led the league in attendance all five years they have played in MLS, including 44,038 fans per game last year while finishing fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 15-12-7.

Seattle opens its season Saturday, March 8, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Anibaba’s new team visits El Macero’s Adam Jahn and the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

— Reach Evan Ream at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam

Evan Ream

Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly
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