BY SPNW Staff 03:38PM 12/11/2013

Sounders Continue Remake, Trade Mauro Rosales

Once a designated player for the Seattle Sounders, midfielder Mauro Rosales went to Chivas USA in a trade Wednesday due in part to the salary cap.

The Sounders Wednesday traded midfielder Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA for the rights to forward Tristan Bowen. Rosales spent three seasons with Seattle. / Wiki Commons

The Sounders Wednesday continued their off-season remake by trading popular midfielder Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA in exchange for the rights to forward Tristan Bowen and Chivas’ No. 2 allocation ranking. Chivas will receive Seattle’s No. 13 allocation ranking. The trade of ther 32-year-old Rosales, who had 34 assists during his three-year Seattle career, was a salary-cap move.

“Mauro has been an important part of our organization, both on and off the field, for the past three years,” said part-owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer. “It will be difficult to see him leave, but our salary-cap situation made this decision necessary. We wish Mauro the very best at Chivas.”

Rosales holds the club record with 17 game-winning assists across all competitions.

Rosales led the Sounders with eight assists and 33 appearances in 2013, adding four goals. He finished tied for first in MLS with five game-winning assists, matching his club record from 2011 and 2012. The Sounders posted a 24-2-8 all-time record when Rosales registered a goal (12) or an assist (34).

Rosales was signed March 18, 2011, and re-signed as a designated player Dec. 13, 2011. In each of his first two seasons, Rosales set the club record with 13 assists, scoring a career-high five goals in 2011 while earning MLS Newcomer of the Year honors. He has made the seventh-most league appearances (86) in club history and, overall, has scored 12 goals with 37 assists in 101 appearances across all competitions.

Bowen, 22, had a career-high 22 appearances and 15 starts for Chivas USA in 2013, scoring two goals with two assists. Bowen made eight appearances in his first two seasons with Chivas USA, recording two assists. He spent his first two professional seasons with the LA Galaxy where he made 18 appearances and 10 starts, including two goals and two assists in 2010.

A native of Los Angeles, Bowen was the first player to come out of the LA Galaxy youth academy system to sign with the first team Nov. 12, 2008. Bowen also played for the U.S. under-18 and under-20 national teams.


  • jafabian

    I’m on the fence on this because I was looking forward to seeing Rosales and Dempsey play a full season together. I do like getting Chivas’ #2 allocation pick though.

  • Joe Fan

    Good move. Rosales was definitely slowing down and subject to injury. By season’s end, he was consistently not playing through the entire match. Need to get younger, stronger, and faster.

  • giannisee

    aw nuts. Good luck with Chivas. Maybe you can turn them around.

  • Hammtime

    I really liked Rosales but he didn’t seem to be the same player last season. I think this is a good move for the Sounders.

  • RadioGuy

    Attawaytogo. Clear more space for Dempsey’s salary. Bringing in a guy with two goals and four assists in his MLS career should more than replace a guy who gave Seattle 12 goals and 34 assists (but didn’t sell a lot of tickets or replica jerseys).

    Maybe the Sounders will bring John Rowlands out of retirement so they can let Martens’ salary go, too. Johnny in his sixties may not bring any more to the field than Bowens, but sentimental fans might buy his replica jersey and that means a lot to ownership.

  • Kirkland

    IIRC this leaves Seattle DPs at Martins, Dempsey and Alonso. Martins is likely out, so the door’s open for another impact signing.