MLS: Sounders get help with Leerdam at right back

The Seattle Sounders have announced the signing of Dutch right-back Kelvin Leerdam from Vitesse.

The Sounders used targeted allocation money to sign the former Netherlands youth worldwide, meaning he will make between $480,625 and $1 million per season, and categorized him as an "atypical MLS defender" because of his ability to contribute to the attack.

Leerdam will help shore up Seattle's backline.

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Leerdam joins the Rave Green following nine professional seasons with Feyenoord and SBV Vitesse in the Eredivisie, the Netherlands' top division.

Leerdam has appeared in 186 games in the Eredivisie and has scored 16 goals and eight assists.

- The Houston Dynamo signed 22-year-old English midfielder Charlie Ward to a first-team contract after he spent the last year and a half at Rio Grande Valley FC, the Dynamo's USL team. He went on to make over 100 all-competition appearances across four campaigns for Vitesse. He also recorded three appearances for the U-19 side in 2009. "We've tracked Kelvin for a while now, and he's a proven veteran from a competitive European league with great potential to be an immediately impactful player in MLS".

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