Inter Miami CF sign defender Kelvin Leerdam, send GAM to Seattle Sounders

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

Inter Miami CF have signed proper back Kelvin Leerdam to a three-year contract by means of 2023, it was introduced Tuesday. 

To sign the Dutch defender, who was a free agent, Miami acquired his proper of first refusal from the Seattle Sounders for a mixed $75,000 in Normal Allocation Cash. The funds break right down to $50,000 in 2021 and $25,000 in 2022.

“Kelvin is a dynamic, attacking full back with numerous winning expertise on this league,” Chris Henderson, Miami’s chief soccer officer and sporting director, said in a launch. “He’s a great addition to our roster and we’re trying forward to integrating him to the team following his national team duties.” 

Leerdam initially joined Seattle in 2017, enjoying in 91 regular-season video games (84 begins) and recording 9 goals and 12 assists. He was a part of three MLS Cup appearances with Seattle, serving to them win the trophy in 2019. 

Earlier than coming to MLS, the 30-year-old played for Vitesse and Feyenoord, a pair of Eredivisie golf equipment in Holland. Initially from Suriname, he’s played for the Dutch U-19 and U-21 national teams.

“We’d prefer to thank Kelvin for 4 memorable seasons in Seattle,” Seattle normal manager & president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a launch. “His high quality of play, along with his tactical acumen and professionalism off the field had been key to our success over the last few years. We want him the best of luck within the subsequent chapter of his career down in Miami.”

Leerdam is Miami’s second ex-Sounder they’ve signed this offseason, following left back/winger Joevin Jones becoming a member of the team. Earlier than coming to the second-year membership, Henderson was an govt for Seattle.

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