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Ex-Sounders DP Christian Tiffert signs with 2. Bundesliga side VfL Bochum

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About three months after parting ways with the Sounders, Tiffert returns to his native Germany.

George Frey

It comes a little later than he probably would have liked, but former Seattle Sounders Designated Player Christian Tiffert has finally signed with a new club. VfL Bochum announced Tiffert's signing on Tuesday, meaning he'll spend the 2013-14 season in the 2. Bundesliga. It also means he'll have not played in about eight months when the season kicks off in August.

"If it is an experienced class man on the market, you have to strike quickly. Especially since he is a pronounced lead player what he has observed in different clubs to prove," VfL board member Heinz Knüwe said, via Google Translate.

Bochum could probably use Tiffert's help as they finished 14th in the 18-team league last year, just one point clear of the relegation zone. It is a team with a decent enough history, though, having played in the top division as recently as the 2009-10 season.

Tiffert has spent parts of three seasons in 2. Bundesliga, most recently with MSV Duisburg from 2008-2010. He scored four goals in 32 matches in his last season there.