Christian Tiffert is the latest Designated Player signing in MLS, bumping Alvaro Fernandez off the Sounders roster and over to the Fire.Seattle Sounders FC rearranged the Designated Player makeup of the team with a pair of deals on Friday afternoon. To clear up a DP spot, Seattle traded Alvaro Fernandez to the Chicago Fire. His replacement is German playmaker Christian Tiffert.
Chicago, which in 2010 took Seattle's first Designated Player, Freddie Ljungberg, gave up allocation money for Fernandez. The 26-year-old is a Uruguay international and played four games in the 2010 World Cup. He finished second on the Sounders with nine goals last season. In all competitions he scored 16 and assisted 10 in 80 games for Seattle.
"Alvaro is an experienced player that has proven himself as an offensive weapon in MLS," said Fire head coach Frank Klopas.
'El Flaco' has also played for Puebla and Nacional. Reports earlier in the month linked Fernandez with a loan move to Colombian club Deportivo Cali.
Taking the third DP spot -- Fredy Montero and Mauro Rosales occpuy the other two -- is Tiffert. The 30-year-old captained FC Kaiserslautern, which was relegated from the Bundesliga last season. In 2010-11, Tiffert led the Bundesliga with 17 assists.
"We wanted to bring in a player who is a central midfielder and has playmaking capabilities," said Sigi Schmid. "Christian is a player who fits this mold and brings a lot of experience from the top league in Germany. His leadership and versatility make him a good fit for our club."
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