With the departure of Jeff Parke, the Seattle Sounders had some business to take care of. Well, the cats out of the bag and it is now official that Patrick Ianni and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado have re-signed with the Sounders. Per the team release, terms were not disclosed.
Hurtado ended last season as the second starting CB, alongside Parke. When Gspurning was playing, they were nigh impenetrable. When he wasn't, they were still pretty dang good. Hurtado was a key part of the Sounders having the second-lowest goals against in the league. Hurtado is sixth all time in league appearances for the Sounders.
Ianni started 2011 as part of the CB rotation, but was eventually relegated to rotational status as Sigi Schmid settled on a starting pair. Injuries were also a setback for Ianni, but he still earned 1971 minutes over all competitions. Ianni is eighth all time in league appearances for the Sounders.
"We are very excited about bringing back Patrick and Jhon again next season," said Head Coach Sigi Schmid. "Both players have been with us since the start and it was important for us to keep continuity and consistency along a successful back line."
This, of course, does not guarantee that this will be the starting pair come March, 2013. Much could still happen by way of trade, transfer, or promotion within the squad. But presumably we have what we thought we had all along--two pretty good centerbacks who will hopefully be entering their prime when the Sounders need them most.
In other news, Adrian Hanauer, in addition to being retained, confirmed that the Sounders declined options on Bryan Meredith, Cordell Cato, and Michael Tetteh. Hanauer noted that all are welcome to continue training with the team, though Cato probably has the best chance of the three of making the Sounders' roster next year should he choose to try for another year.