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Azira goes to Colorado in waiver draft

Sounders midfielder Micheal Azira (left) shown in action against the New England Revolution last season at CenturyLink Field.
Sounders midfielder Micheal Azira (left) shown in action against the New England Revolution last season at CenturyLink Field. Staff photographer

Only one player was selected in today’s Major League Soccer waiver draft: Seattle midfielder Micheal Azira.

Ariza had begun the year as the primary backup to defendive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, but seemed to lose that role and hardly appeared late in the season.

Here’s a report from the Sounders:

The 28 year-old Azira appeared in 25 games over the past two seasons for Seattle before the club opted not to pick up his contract earlier this month. He appeared in all four of the team’s games in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2014, including one start.

Azira joined the club after two seasons with the Charleston Battery in the USL.

The Sounders passed on using the No. 15 pick in the draft on Wednesday.

Here’s the report from the league:

A total of one player was selected today in the 2015 Waiver Draft. The Colorado Rapids chose Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Micheal Azira with the second pick of the draft.

The Waiver Draft consists of players who have been waived by their clubs and are not eligible for Re-Entry or Free Agency. Under contract players who are selected in the Waiver Draft will be automatically added to the drafting club’s roster. Clubs that claim Out-of-Contract players must issue a genuine offer to the selected player. Players not chosen are available to clubs on a first come, first served basis.

The Waiver Draft Order is determined by the reverse order of the final standings in the MLS season, taking into account postseason performance.

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