The Seattle Sounders announced Tuesday that defender Tyrone Mears had received his green card, freeing up another international roster spot for potential future signings.

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The Sounders announced Tuesday that defender Tyrone Mears had received his green card, freeing up another international roster spot for potential signings.

Seattle has seven such roster spots occupied — and that includes Roman Torres, who is on the disabled list recovering from a knee injury — leaving two open. To hear Mears tell it, the process went smoothly.

“With the franchise here, they’re really professional,” Mears said after practice. “They took care of the paperwork. I didn’t have to do anything.”

The 33-year-old native of Stockport, England, joined the Sounders before last season.

“I really like living in America, especially in Seattle,” Mears said. “I definitely see a future here.”