Sounders shore up defense with Kee-Hee signing
The Seattle Sounders used thier Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to bring in an international player from South Korea, Kim Kee-Hee. Kee-Hee made 45 appearances for China Superleague Shanghai Shenhua. He also has 23 international caps to his name and made 6 appearances in South Korea’s successful run in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
General Manager Garth Lagerweyl continues to show a shrewed streak as he just pulled in a quality center back to add to his TAM collection of Osvaldo Alanso, Kelvin Leerdam, Victor Rodriguez, and Magnus Eikrem.
“Kim is a strong, experienced player who we believe will be a good addition to our defense,” said Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. “His signing gives us very good options at center back going forward, and I’m excited to see how he integrates to the squad.”
The 28 year old is a tall physical defender in the mold of Torres and Chad Marshall. He will be able to spell either player and will see heavy minutes in what might be the MLS’ best and deepest back lines.
“Kim is a player who has had a lot of success in the top leagues in Asia, and it’s always good to add players with winning pedigrees and experience in top competitions,” said Sounders FC VP of Soccer & Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “On top of that, he has a very good tactical understanding of the center back position, and we look forward to seeing him help our already strong defense.”