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A few words with -- and about -- new Sounder Ianni

I just got a first meeting with the newest Sounder, defender Patrick Ianni, who was acquired in a trade with Houston. (See two posts below, and here's my story from the Tuesday paper.)

"Very happy to be here," he said. "I got up here no problems. The facilities are incredible. Just ready to get to work here. ... (Houston) was a very good three years for me, but I'm happy with this opportunity and looking forward to this year."

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid seemed happy as well.

"It gives us a little more depth at center back," Schmid said. "Obviously, Patcick Ianni is a player I know having coached him with the under-20 national team. He was a starting center back for me there. At Houston he would have probably liked to have played more games, so however it works out sometimes a player needs a change of scenery. … I think Patrick is going to have a good run here in Seattle. He gives us a cernter back who's got good size, he's good in the air, he's got good speed as well. He's obviously played at a good level having been on the Olympic team."

Schmid said Ianni will compete with Nate Sturgis, Taylor Graham, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl and Jeff Parke -- if he ever signs on.

"We wanted to be a little bit deeper there and have maybe a little MLS experience," Schmid said. "Ianni has) been part of a cup-winning team as well, so I think those are all positives."

In addition to the trade, there also were four cuts over the weekend. No more of those are expected before the team breaks Seattle camp at the end of the week.

"This is the group we've decided we're going to train with this week," Schmid said. "And then we'll make some decisions as we go to Ventura (Calif.). It will be a lot of this group, and then we'll be adding players there."