Seattle Sounders FC has traded the rights to forward Eriq Zavaleta to Toronto FC in exchange for a Second Round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced today. "We want to thank Eriq for his service to our club," said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid. "We wish him the best of luck in Toronto and throughout his career." Zavaleta, 22, was the club's First Round selection (10th overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. He made five appearances with Seattle as a rookie in 2013 before being loaned to Chivas USA for the 2014 season. The Indiana product and 2012 Big 10 Player of the Year started 15 of 17 appearances for the Goats. Sounders FC resumes its 2015 preseason presented by adidas this week at Starfire Sports before traveling to Southern California on Thursday, January 29 for a nine-day camp at Mt. San Antonio College.
Below is the release from Toronto:
Toronto FC announced Monday that the club has acquired defender Eriq Zavaleta from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for a second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
“Adding a player like Eriq gives us another defender with MLS experience,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “He is a young and versatile player with the ability to both defend and attack.”Zavaleta, 22, spent the 2014 season on loan at Chivas USA from Seattle Sounders FC; where he made 17 appearances and started in 15 matches for Chivas. In two seasons between Seattle and Chivas, Zavaleta has made a combined 22 appearances. He was originally selected 10th overall by Seattle in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
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Prior to being drafted by Seattle, Zavaleta played for the University of Indiana, where he spent two seasons. During the 2012 season, Zavaleta led the Hoosiers with 18 goals, and played a key role in the leading Indiana to its eighth national title in school history.
Eriq ZavaletaPosition: DefenderHeight: 6’1Weight: 185 lbsBirthdate: August 2, 1992Birth Place: Westfield, INHometown: Westfield, INNationality: AmericanLast Club: Seattle Sounders FCHow Acquired: Trade with Seattle Sounders FC on Monday, January 26, 2015Pronunciation: “Zav-ah-let-ah”