Sounders close to signing Alvaro Fernandez for second stint in Seattle

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The Seattle Sounders are aiming to go back to the future, announcing that former midfielder Alvaro Fernandez joined the team for training on Thursday and that the club are hoping to sign him before the end of the day. 

The Uruguayan playmaker first joined Seattle in the wake of his country’s fourth-place finish in the 2010 World Cup, becoming the third Designated Player in club history and contributing 13 goals and 3 assists in 55 MLS appearances over two years. A fan favorite known as “Flaco,” he also played a key role in the Rave Green’s 2010 and 2011 US Open Cup championships.

Fernandez, 30, was traded to the Chicago Fire in July 2012 and subsequently moved on to Al-Rayyan SC (Qatar), Nacional in his homeland and most recently Argentine outfit Gimnasia. Now he rejoins a Sounders side in need of inspiration, with the slumping squad 10 points out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with 14 games to go.

Fernandez is a close friend and former teammate of his countryman Nicolas Lodeiro, who was unveiled as Seattle’s latest DP acquisition on Wednesday.  

“We are good friends,” Lodeiro said of Fernandez. “We played together with Nacional in Uruguay and after then we played in the World Cup together. We had a lot of time with the national team, and that’s where’s the friendship — which is fairly big — came from.”

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