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Sounders acquire backup goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland from Chicago Fire

The Sounders acquired goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland from the Chicago Fire for Seattle’s first-round selection (26th overall) in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced Tuesday.

Seattle also will receive Chicago’s second-round pick (35th overall) in the January draft.

The move helps the Sounders make up for the loss of keeper Bryan Meredith in the league’s expansion draft last week. Meredith, who was selected by Inter Miami FC with the ninth overall pick, marked the second time the Sounders lost a goalkeeper in the past three seasons to the expansion draft.

Seattle will still be led by starting keeper Stefan Frei in goal.