BY SPNW Staff 12:52PM 09/13/2013

Sounders Swap Carrasco to Dynamo For Moffat

The Sounders Friday acquired midfielder Adam Moffat from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for midfielder Servando Carrasco and a 2014 second-round SuperDraft pick. Moffat, 27, set career highs with 26 appearances, 24 starts and three goals for Houston this season. Moffat won the 2008 MLS Cup with Sigi Schmid’s Columbus Crew and started in the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup final with Houston.

“I have known Adam since 2007, when I brought him to the Crew,” said Schmid. “He was a member our MLS championship team in Columbus and brings a fantastic attitude, has experience running the midfield, and a great shot from distance. Although it is difficult to see Servando leave, I am excited to welcome Adam to our team.”

A seven-year MLS veteran, Moffat has made 110 appearances with 12 goals and six assists for Columbus, Portland and Houston. He joined MLS in 2007 when Schmid signed him to the Crew as a discovery player. He made 44 appearances over four seasons with Columbus, scoring five goals with one assist.

Moffat joined the Portland Timbers in 2011 and made four appearances before going to the Dynamo in a midseason trade. Moffat made 12 starts for Houston in his first season and was named the club’s 2011 Newcomer of the Year. Over the past two seasons, he has started 46 of Houston’s 61 regular-season matches, recording five goals and four assist.

Overall, Moffat has 10 appearances in the MLS Cup playoffs with one goal and one assist.

“We want to thank Servando Carrasco for his dedication to Sounders FC the last two-plus seasons,” said Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “Days like today are bittersweet, as we lose a fantastic teammate and member of the Sounders family. That said, we are very excited to bring Adam to Seattle. He has been a part of three MLS Cup final teams and brings tremendous experience to our club. At the age of 27, Adam is still in the prime of his career.”

Carrasco, 25, made a career-high 19 appearances and 13 starts this season for Seattle, recording his first MLS goal and assist. He was selected by Sounders FC with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Carrasco made 40 appearances with 22 starts in three seasons with Seattle.

The Sounders host Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. Friday at CenturyLink Field with first place in the Western Conference at stake. A crowd of more than 52,000 is expected.



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