Seattle Sounders took a solid step in preparation for the 2024 Major League Soccer (MLS) season by announcing the signing of center-back Nathan, former defender for the San Jose Earthquakes. The 28-year-old player has inked a contract with the club for the current season, with the option to extend his deal until 2025.
Despite facing knee injuries in consecutive seasons, Nathan brings a valuable wealth of experience and defensive skill. His absence throughout the entire 2023 season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury during preseason training camp is a hurdle overcome. Nevertheless, his standout performance with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2021 was noteworthy, scoring five goals in 46 games, all as a starter.
Craig Waibel, General Manager and Director of Soccer at Sounders FC, expressed satisfaction with Nathan's acquisition, highlighting his experience in both domestic and international settings. Waibel emphasized that the arrival of the center-back will further strengthen the team's already highlighted defensive group.
In addition to providing depth to the roster, Nathan joins starters Jackson Ragen and Yeimar Gómez Andrade in the Sounders' defense. With the prospect of having a player with Nathan's track record, the Seattle club aims to solidify its prominent position in the Western Conference, having secured the second spot in the previous season.
The Sounders will kick off their 2024 campaign on February 24, facing LAFC on the road. The expectation is that Nathan will play a crucial role in the club's pursuit of success in the current MLS season.