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Sounders mailbag: Will Brad Smith be back? Can Danny Leyva have a breakout season?

Questions about the Sounders’ youth and defender Brad Smith’s departure kick off our first soccer mailbag. Send me yours via email or Twitter and I might include it next go-round.

Any insights re the terms of Bournemouth’s loan to Cardiff? If Sounders had an opportunity to match/beat terms?

— Phil Bezanson (@PhilBezanson) January 30, 2020

A: Exact numbers for the deal haven’t been disclosed but the most important piece is an automatic buy option wasn’t included in AFC Bournemouth’s loan to Cardiff City FC. At the conclusion of Championship play — that’s the second-tier to the English Premier League — Smith is a free agent.