Sounders waive Ashani Fairclough, free up additional international spot

Jennifer Stewart

20-year-old centerback never appeared in a competitive match with the Sounders.

Ashani Fairclough's time with the Seattle Sounders is over before it really had a chance to begin. The 20-year-old centerback was waived on Thursday without ever having made an official appearance in rave green. Fairclough ends his Sounders career with just 214 minutes of Reserve League action.

The move leaves the Sounders with just five internationals on the roster, leaving two spots open after they traded one to the Montreal Impact as part of the Lamar Neagle deal. Although Michael Gspurning is still listed as an international on the Sounders' official site, he received his green card last season.

Fairclough will likely be best remembered for his impressive preseason, which allowed him to make the roster after he was unpicked in either the 2013 MLS SuperDraft or supplemental draft. His breakout performance came when a reserve-laden Sounders team beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 in the final of the Desert Diamond Cup. Fairclough was an instrumental part of the defensive effort in that game, helping shut down an attack that included RSL starters Alvaro Saborio, Robbie Findley, Kyle Beckerman and Ned Grabavoy.

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