Seattle Sounders mass exodus continues, as free agent striker Chad Barrett signs a deal with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid had warned there were going to be a lot of changes during the offseason. However, the roster revamp – or should that be exodus – has been more extensive than anyone could have expected.
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While the Sounders fell short of expectations in 2015, it was felt the nucleus was still in place to contend for honors next season. Instead, fans have seen the likes of Lamar Neagle, Marco Pappa and Michael Azira find new homes in recent weeks.
The latest player to officially leave Seattle is Chad Barrett. As confirmed by soundersfc.com, the striker has signed a deal to join the San Jose Earthquakes.
In many respects, the writing was on the wall after the Sounders decided not to pick up the option on Barrett’s contract. Regardless, his loss still affects the strength and depth of Seattle’s front line.
The 30-year old only started 17 games during his two seasons in the Pacific Northwest, but was a perfect foil to Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. In total, he scored 12 goals and added one assist in 44 regular season appearances.
Jul 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Chad Barrett (19) before the game at Toyota Park. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Barrett’s goals were often timely, as evidenced by five game-winners. In fact, he introduced himself to the Sounders faithful by scoring a 94th minute winner in his debut against Sporting Kansas City, at the start of the 2014 season.
Barrett released a statement to confirm his move to California: “I’m very happy to be continuing my career with San Jose.
“I’m excited to join Dominic Kinnear and John Doyle and the great group of guys they have over there. I’m looking forward to helping the team any way I can.”
The former UCLA Bruin was originally selected third overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, by the Chicago Fire. During his 11-year professional career, he has scored 56 goals and added 30 assists.
After spending some time getting to know Barrett last season, it is a shame to see him leave, especially as he seemed settled in Seattle. We wish him the best of luck.