After the Seattle Sounders FC traded for center back Chad Marshall from the Columbus Crew it looked as though the writing was on the wall for either Jhon Kennedy Hurtado or Patrick Ianni to be moving on from the club. On Wednesday it looks like that answer may have been found.
Anibaba looks to be heading to Seattle for Hurtado, Ianni. Could be other moving parts but that appears to be the meat of the deal.
— Guillermo Rivera (@FireConf) January 15, 2014
Chicago Fire Confidential is reporting of a trade between the Chicago Fire and Sounders FC which would send Hurtado and Ianni to Chicago for Jalil Anibaba with possibly draft picks and allocation being swapped as well.
While the deal is not official by any means, it would be a very good deal for the Sounders FC who would be gaining a net of approximately $210,000 which Seattle could be using on the rumored deal for Marco Pappa. They would also be getting younger and more athletic on the back line.
Hurtado and Ianni were both original members of the Sounders when they entered MLS in 2009. The two formed a solid center back pairing ultimately rotating with Jeff Parke after his acquisition. While Hurtado continued to get first-team minutes, Ianni’s role had diminished over the last few years due to injury and the acquisition of Djimi Traore before the 2013 season.
Jalil Anibaba is 25-years-old and has spent his entire MLS career to this point with the Chicago Fire. He was the ninth overall selection in the 2011 Superdraft out of the University of North Carolina while also having spent time with the Carolina Dynamo in the USL PDL. Anibaba played at the right back and center back positions for the Fire over the last three seasons primarily at right back during the past year.
Anibaba will surely be used at center back as the Sounders have youngster DeAndre Yedlin as their primary choice at right back. The move will likely relegate Traore to the bench which may not be the worst thing for the 33-year-old. Lessening the load for Traore could keep him fresh for the stretch run and ultimately in the postseason.