Maybe this won’t be such a quiet offseason, after all. The Seattle Sounders are off to an encouraging start, in any case, picking up midfielder Harry Shipp in a trade with the Montreal Impact. The move costs the Sounders an undisclosed amount of General Allocation Money.
Shipp was a Homegrown Player signing by the Chicago Fire in 2014 and promptly turned in an outstanding rookie campaign that saw him score seven goals with six assists. He followed that up with three goals and eight assists in 2015, before getting traded to the Impact for a combination of general and targeted allocation money.
But Shipp never seemed to quite fit with the Impact, playing a career low 29 times and starting in a career-low 20 games. His production slumped as well, with just two goals and three assists.
"We're very excited to add a talented young player like Harry to our roster," Sounders General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a team release. "He's a proven contributor in this league and someone who we think will be a great addition to locker room as we build off of an MLS Cup-winning season."
Still just 25, Shipp provides the Sounders some instant depth across the midfield as well as a bit of youth. The former Notre Dame star played about 50 percent of his minutes as a left wing, 25 percent in the middle and 25 percent on the right.
Harry Shipp’s MLS statistics