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Sounders sign Aaron Long

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The former UC-Riverside midfielder was drafted by the Portland Timbers and then loaned to Sacramento Republic and Orange County Blues. He now gets another chance at pro soccer.

Now a Sounder, so new green please.
Now a Sounder, so new green please.
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Aaron Long was a second round pick of the Portland Timbers in the 2014 SuperDraft. Today he dons a brighter shade of green as he's signed with Seattle Sounders FC. The midfielder spent four years with UC-Riverside where he scored 13 goals and notched 5 assists in 65 starts and 5 sub appearances. He also has some time in the PDL with FC Tucson.

Long was waived by Portland in early July after being signed as central defensive midfield depth for Porter's team. He played 183 minutes in preseason prior to their Portmore United friendly. Aaron did not get much playing time while on loan to Sacramento. Despite playing three matches with Orange County, Long and Aaron Kovar essentially played the same minutes for the USL PRO side.

This is clearly a depth play for Seattle. They have the open roster spot and there is no reason to ignore what is free talent.