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Alvaro Fernandez heading to USA to rejoin Sounders, agent says

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Now 31, he’d likely provide depth at a variety of positions.

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Alvaro Fernandez may not be the savior Seattle Sounders fans were hoping for, but he does appear to be preparing to rejoin the team where he enjoyed a fair amount of success from 2010-2012. Fernandez’s agent, Mauricio Pugliese, told CieloSports.com that his client has ended his contract with Argentina’s Gimnasia and is heading to the United States for a reunion.

Fernandez enjoyed arguably the best season of his career with the Sounders in 2011, when he scored nine league goals and 11 across all competitions. The Uruguayan played mostly as a left-sided midfielder, often cutting in and scoring in a variety of ways.

But Fernandez was unable to build on that season and struggled in 2012, eventually being traded to the Chicago Fire. Fernandez has spent the last four seasons with Gimnasia, playing mostly as a box-to-box midfielder. His best year was in 2015 when he made 23 starts and scored a pair of goals.

Chances are the Sounders would be looking at Fernandez as a relatively cheap way to bolster the team’s midfield. It would seem unlikely that he’d immediately displace any of the team’s ideal starters, but he could help at a variety of positions.