SEATTLE, WA— (Sounders release) Seattle Sounders FC today announced the signing of winger Víctor Rodríguez. The 28-year-old Spanish international comes to Seattle after nearly a decade of professional experience in Spain, including four of the past five seasons in La Liga. Rodriguez is being added to Sounders FC’s roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) was used to acquire Rodríguez, and per MLS and club policy, additional terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
“Victor is an experienced and versatile attacking player that we are pleased to welcome to Seattle,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Adding another quality TAM-level player to our roster as we approach the final third of our season bolsters our team, giving our club another talented offensive option. We’re excited to see Victor’s contributions on the field for us in the coming weeks.”
Rodriguez joins Sounders FC after an extensive career in Spain, most recently playing for Sporting Gijón for the 2016-2017 campaign, and previously for Getafe CF, Elche CF, Real Zaragoza and CF Badalona. In all, the Catalonia native spent four total seasons in La Liga, making 127 appearances and scoring nine goals since 2012. In 2014-2015 while playing for Elche CF, Rodríguez made 36 appearances and scored four goals – a career high in La Liga – including crucial tallies against Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao in back-to-back contests. He made 33 appearances and scored one goal in his first La Liga campaign in 2012-2013 for Real Zaragoza, while also appearing in five Copa Del Rey matches as Los Maños advanced to the Quarterfinals.
“From a coaching perspective, adding a player of Victor’s quality only helps to improve our team at a critical juncture in our season,” said Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. “We are excited to get him into training quickly and onboard with his new teammates. We have some important games on the horizon, and Victor’s abilities and experience are welcome assets for our club.”
Rodríguez played four years in the Barcelona system as a youth before moving on to Catalan side CF Badalona, where he would eventually sign a professional contract. He spent three seasons with Badalona in the Spanish third division, as well as a loan stint with UE Vilajuïga in 2008 and 2009, before transferring to Real Zaragoza.
“Victor is a player we’ve been following for some time, and his playing experience throughout Spanish football and his attacking versatility are attributes that drew us to him,” said Sounders FC Vice President of Soccer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “Having seen him play in person on a number of occasions, I’m excited for the quality that he’ll bring to the field in Seattle, and I’m confident that his style will gel with our current squad.”
Rodriguez is the second TAM-level signing for Sounders FC this summer, with Dutch fullback Kelvin Leerdam being added to Seattle’s roster on July 1. Leerdam made his MLS debut on July 19, and has made three appearances for the Rave Green thus far, registering a goal and an assist. Previously the Dutch player spent nine seasons in his country’s topflight with Feyenoord and Vitesse.
Currently riding a six-match unbeaten streak in MLS, Seattle remains on the road for an August 5 showdown with Minnesota United. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. PT, and the contest marks the first all-time meeting between the Rave Green and Adrian Heath’s MLS expansion side. Q13 FOX and Univision-Seattle are providing regional television coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT, with KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and El Rey 1360 AM broadcasting the match via radio throughout Western Washington.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC signs midfielder Víctor Rodríguez on August 2, 2017 using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
Name: Víctor Rodríguez
Born: July 23, 1989 in Sabadell, Spain
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
Acquired: Signed on August 2, 2017 using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM)
Previous Experience: Sporting Gijón (2016), Getafe CF (Loan, 2015-2016), Elche CF (2014-2016), Zaragoza (2012-2014), UE Vilajuïga (Loan, 2008-2009), CF Badalona (2008-2012)