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Sounders sign Nigerian defender Apam

Have the rich in MLS gotten richer? It's possible, as the Seattle Sounders announced another acquisition to a squad that lifted the U.S. Open Cup this week and is pushing for a Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup.

On Friday, the club announced the signing of Nigerian defender Onyekachi Apam, a 27-year-old who most recently played for Rennes, though he has suffered with injuries and last saw competitive action with Rennes' second team. Terms were not released per team and league policy.

“Onyekachi brings vast experience from French Lique 1 and the Nigerian National Team,” Chris Henderson, the Sounders sporting director, said in a news release. “He is a versatile defender who can play central or wide and has the ability to start our attack from the back as well.”

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The defender was a member of the Nigeria side which took silver in the 2008 Olympics, and the senior national team that placed third in the 2010 African Cup of Nations. He has lined up for the Super Eagles just once since that tournament, in a 2010 friendly against DR Congo. Prior to joining Rennes he made more than 100 appearances for Nice.

MLS' roster freeze date has passed, but teams can complete deals before the deadline and announce them after.

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