Sounders add Shipp, Bruin to 2017 roster

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Sounders sign Shipp from Impact

SEATTLE, WA— Sounders FC today announced that it has acquired midfielder Harry Shipp from the Montreal Impact in exchange for General Allocation Money. Shipp, a 25-year-old American central midfielder, spent last season with the Montreal Impact after beginning his career with the Chicago Fire from 2014-2015.

“We’re very excited to add a talented young player like Harry to our roster,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “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.”

 

Shipp spent the 2016 season with Eastern Conference finalist Montreal Impact, starting 20 of his 27 appearances and recording two goals and three assists. He was traded to Montreal from the Chicago Fire, where he spent the 2014 and 2015 campaigns after signing as a Homegrown Player out of Notre Dame. Shipp burst onto the scene with a stellar rookie season in 2014, tallying seven goals and six assists in 33 appearances as an AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year finalist. He followed his impressive rookie season with 33 appearances in 2015, recording a career-high eight assists in addition to three goals. To date, Shipp has 12 goals and 17 assists in 93 career MLS regular-season appearances.

A four-year standout at Notre Dame, Shipp helped lead the Fighting Irish to the first national championship in program history during his senior season, where he was a NSCAA First Team All-American and a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist. Shipp totaled 84 appearances in four collegiate seasons, scoring 23 goals and recording 24 assists.

TRANSACTION: Seattle Sounders FC acquires midfielder Harry Shipp via trade from Montreal Impact in exchange for General Allocation Money.

Name: Harry Shipp
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-9
Weight: 145
Born: November 7, 1991 in Lake Forest, Illinois
Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Acquired via trade from Montreal for General Allocation Money on December 22, 2016
Previous Experience: Montreal Impact (2016); Chicago Fire (2014-2015)

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Will Bruin joins Sounders from Dynamo

SEATTLE, WA— Sounders FC today announced that it has acquired forward Will Bruin from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money. Bruin, a 27-year-old American target forward, has spent all six of his professional seasons with Houston, registering 50 goals and 20 assists, including three double-digit goal campaigns.

“Will is a known commodity as a consistent goal-scorer that we believe can immediately bolster our attack,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Coupled with yesterday’s acquisition of Harry Shipp, we’re excited about the impact that these two young and proven players can bring next season.”

Among the more consistent goal-scorers since entering the league, Bruin has 50 goals and 20 assists in his six professional seasons with the Dynamo. In addition to a career-high 12 tallies in 2012, he also reached double digits in the scoring column with 10 goals in 2014 and 11 in 2015. A veteran with extensive postseason experience, Bruin has six goals in 13 appearances in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, including a Houston franchise record of four strikes in 2012. He also has two career caps for the U.S. National Team, making his debut in a friendly against Canada in 2013.

“Will is a good player who brings a unique skillset to our team,” said Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. “I’m looking forward to welcoming both him and Harry Shipp to Seattle and seeing how they compete within our existing group of players.”

A three-year standout at Indiana, Bruin scored 33 goals in 66 appearances for the Hoosiers, including a team-high 18 tallies as a junior, when he finished second in the voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Following his junior campaign in 2010, he was selected 11th overall by the Dynamo in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

TRANSACTION: Seattle Sounders FC acquires forward Will Bruin via trade from Houston Dynamo in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money.

Name: Will Bruin
Position: Forward
Height: 6-2
Weight: 194
Born: October 27, 1989 in St. Louis, Missouri
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Acquired via trade from Houston Dynamo for Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money
Previous Experience: Houston Dynamo (2011-2016)

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