The Seattle Sounders have acquired Trinidad and Tobago international Joevin Jones in a trade with the Chicago Fire for the No. 15 overall pick in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft and allocation money, according to multiple reports, with the clubs waiting until they can inform the player to make it official.
The Seattle Sounders have acquired Trinidad and Tobago international Joevin Jones in a trade with the Chicago Fire for the No. 15 overall pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.
Jones, 24, played both on the left wing and at left back during his single season in Chicago, during which he made 26 league starts. Jones has also earned 38 caps with the Soca Warriors and helped lead them to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Gold Cup.
“He’s if not (the best) pretty close to being the best left back in the league,” former Chicago coach Frank Yallop said of Jones in the wake of that tournament.
The Fire had multiple offers for Jones on a day that saw half of the first 12 picks in the SuperDraft change hands, general manager Nelson Rodriguez told reporters on a conference call.
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Jones would immediately fill a need for Seattle at left back, a position filled mostly by right-footed rookie Oniel Fisher down the stretch run of last season. The Sounders are currently low on left-footed players, with Leo Gonzalez, Marco Pappa and Gonzalo Pineda all having left the club this offseason — though Seattle did begin to rectify that during Thursday’s draft.
Though Jones can also play on the wing, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid says the Sounders see him as an outside back. He’s likely to pencil into the projected starting lineup as soon as training camp opens next weekend.
“(Jones) checked all the boxes in terms of things we’re looking for,” Schmid said.
Chicago also traded the top overall pick — Wake Forest midfielder Jack Harrison — to New York City FC for the No. 4 selection, with which it used to select Stanford defender Brandon Vincent. Philadelphia selected Georgetown defenders Joshua Yaro and Keegan Rosenberry at Nos. 2 and 3, while Real Salt Lake took North Carolina midfielder Omar Holness to round out the top 5.