The Seattle Sounders signed Dutch international Kelvin Leerdam Saturday morning to help shore up a backline that has been inconsistent due to injuries, and bad team defense. The Sounders have rotated multiple players at the right back position from Brad Evans, Oniel Fisher, Jordy Delem and midfielder Cristian Roldan.The revolving door at right back has made it difficult for the back line to create any type of cohesiveness when playing team defense.
Seattle is hoping Leerdam will be a consistent fixture at the right back position. Leerdam joins the Rave Green following nine professional seasons with Feyenoord and SBV Vitesse in the Eredivisie, the Netherlands’ top division.
The Utrecht native has amassed 186 career league appearances, with 16 goals and 8 assists in the Eredivisie dating back to 2008. After starring for Feyenoord’s youth club from 2005-2008, Leerdam signed a professional contract with the First Team and went on to become a regular for five seasons, accumulating over 100 appearances across all competitions for the Rotterdam side.
He moved to Vitesse in 2013, where he scored a career-high eight goals in the 2013-2014 campaign, leading the Arnhem-based club to a fourth-place finish in the table. He went on to make over 100 all-competition appearances across four campaigns for Vitesse. In total, Leerdam’s clubs have a record of 26-2-3 when the fullback registers a goal or an assist.
He went on to make over 100 all-competition appearances across four campaigns for Vitesse. In total, Leerdam’s clubs have a record of 26-2-3 when the fullback registers a goal or an assist.