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Sounders sign midfielder Blair Gavin

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Former No. 10 overall SuperDraft pick has been training with the Sounders for several weeks.

Jeff Zelevansky

The Cascadia Cup got just a little more Akron-y as the Seattle Sounders signed midfielder Blair Gavin on Wednesday. The 24-year-old was originally on the Sounders preseason roster, but didn't start training with the team until more recently. Gavin played three years at Akron before coming entering the SuperDraft as a junior and being selected with the No. 10 overall pick.

"He is a thinker on the field and has good technical ability," Sounders Sporting Director Chris Henderson said in a team release. "He has enough MLS experience to help us down the stretch."

Gavin spent most of his first three MLS seasons with Chivas USA, enjoying his best year as a rookie when he scored three goals and had an assist. He followed that up with a three-assist second season and was traded to the New England Revolution in Year 3. Gavin only played 88 minutes with the Revolution before getting cut at the end of the year.

Gavin's signing leaves the Sounders with 29 players on their roster and three open international spots. They can continue to make changes until Sept. 13.