Coach Sigi Schmid hinted at it yesterday, and at noon today it became official: The Sounders have traded midfielder Alex Caskey to D.C. United in exchange for a 2016 draft pick.
Here's what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about the deal:
"Obviously it was very competititve with our team," he said. "Alex has done really well for us. In the two years here he’s been an important player, and I like Alex, but the opportunity came along where there was interest from D.C. We were going to have to make some decisions to cut somebody or waive somebody, and so for him it’s a good opportunity and for us it gives us a draft pick down the line. Alex has done well for us and we wish him all the best."
Here's the news release from the club:
Seattle Sounders FC has traded midfielder Alex Caskey to D.C. United in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced today.
Caskey, 25, made 30 appearances (17 starts) over the past two seasons for Sounders FC, scoring one goal with four assists. Across all competitions, he started 29 of 42 appearances, registering three goals and seven assists in 2,469 minutes. Caskey was originally selected in the third round (47th overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and was signed on March 13, 2012.
Sounders FC kicks off the league's 19th season next Saturday against the MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City on NBC Sports Network. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) - Acquired 2016 third round SuperDraft Pick. Traded MID Alex Caskey.