Date: 6th August 2019 at 6:02am
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Over one year ago AFC Bournemouth left-back Brad Smith departed the south coast and the Premier League for a loan move to American Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders.

The Australian international made the move to the Cherries from Liverpool for a reported £3million in July 2016.

He has made just 11 appearances in all competitions for AFC Bournemouth including 3 Premier League starts.

Smith just simply failed to challenge Charlie Daniels for the left-back position at Dean Court, with AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe often favouring right-back Adam Smith playing out of position than name Brad Smith in the side.

Then followed the signing of Diego Rico and Brad Smith became surplus to requirements.

He made the move to America with Seattle where he has enjoyed some success, this new deal now extends his stay until the end of the 2019 MLS season.

Last season Seattle won every game that Brad Smith played in en route to setting a new MLS record.

This season he has made 19 appearances and has claimed six assists as Seattle enjoy another successful season and are currently second in the Western Conference.

Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey told soundersfc.com

“We’re very pleased to have worked out a deal with Bournemouth to keep Brad here through the current campaign, Brad has performed admirably since he arrived in Seattle and is an important piece of our current squad, so we’re excited to have him here as we approach the homestretch of the season.”

Sounders FC Sporting Director & VP of Soccer Chris Henderson added…

“We’ve been very happy with Brad’s performance since he arrived here last August and we’re excited he’ll be staying through the season, His athleticism and quality have been crucial to our play this season, and he has quickly emerged as one of the better fullbacks in our league.”

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kirsikka wrote…

From what I read, he’s done alright there without looking outstanding. I doubt there would be many takers who want to pay a significant fee for him based on performances like that if those reports are correct.

Sometimes you just have to cut your losses. 50% of his wages paid until the end of his contract is better than having him kicking his heels here on full wages and not playing. – Join the conversation, click here.

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