Sounders trade Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA for FW Tristan Bowen

The Sounders continued their roster overhaul Wednesday, trading midfielder Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA for forward Tristan Bowen. The teams also swapped spots in allocation order as part of the deal, with Seattle moving up from 13 to No. 2 in the allocation order (the method Major League Soccer uses for awarding the rights to U.S. National Team players coming to MLS from overseas).

Rosales, who spent the past three seasons with the Sounders, and the last two as a designated player, was likely done in Seattle before this move happened, but the trade does allow Seattle to get something in return for the 32-year-old Argentine. Earlier this week, the team declined a contract option on Rosales, and with the Sounders having already signed Osvaldo Alonso to a new deal that made him the team’s third designated player, Rosales would have had to take a pretty significant pay cut to stay in Seattle.

“Mauro has been an important part of our organization, both on and off the field, for the past three years,” general manager Adrian Hanauer said in a press release. “It will be difficult to see him leave, but our salary cap situation made this decision necessary. We wish Mauro the very best at Chivas.”

In three seasons with Seattle, Rosales, who wore the captains armband for much of the last two years, played 86 games and had 34 assists, which is tied with Fredy Montero for a club record. He set a team record with 13 assists in 2011 and earned MLS Newcomer of the Year honors.

Rosales said his goodbyes earlier in the day through series of tweets.

Bowen, 22, signed with the LA Galaxy as a home-grown player after the 2008 season, then was traded to Chivas in 2010. He appeared in a career-high 22 games last season, starting 15, and contributed two goals and two assists.

This move is just the latest of several that should have Seattle looking significantly different in 2014. Already this week the Sounders have parted ways with starting goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, acquired Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei in a trade, declined an option on defender Marc Burch, and elected not to re-sign former No. 1 pick Steve Zakuani, whose contract expired after the 2013 season.

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