Seattle Sounders FC have announced the signing of center back John Kennedy Hurtado for the 2009 season. Rumors began only recently that Seattle were on the trail of the 24-year old defender who played last season with Fredy Montero at Deportivo Cali. Today the club made the signing official with the press release posted here:
RENTON, WASH. – The Seattle Sounders FC have signed Colombian central defender John Kennedy Hurtado, it was announced today. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed. Hurtado’s signing will be finalized upon receipt of his P-1 work permit and International Clearance.
Hurtado, 24, completed a trial with Italy’s AC Milan last month. He saw action in a January 22 exhibition between Milan and Germany’s Hannover, playing the second half along with Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi.
Hurtado played the 2008 season for Deportivo Cali, where he was a teammate of Fredy Montero, a Sounders FC forward. In 2007, Hurtado played for Real Cartagena of the Colombian first division. He has played a total of 121 matches at the first and second division levels in Colombia since 2004.
“John has good speed, he’s a good man-to-man marker, a good tackler and uses his speed to close people down,” said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. “We had a chance to see him play 2-3 times, plus some video. We’re excited to have him join our team.”
Hurtado will meet the team in Argentina on February 25.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders (MLS) – Signed D John Kennedy Hurtado
Hometown: Palmira, Colombia
Last Club: Deportivo Cali