Brad Smith joins Seattle Sounders on season-long loan from Bournemouth

Bournemouth defender Brad Smith has joined MLS club Seattle Sounders on a season-long loan.

The Australia international made 11 first-team appearances for Bournemouth after moving from Liverpool in 2016, and missed the majority of last season with a hip injury.

Bournemouth retain the option in January to recall Smith from Seattle, who are currently eighth in the Western Conference.

“Brad is a good player with a strong background and a skillset that we believe fits the style we want to play in the most important part of our season,” Seattle head coach Brian Schmetzer told the club’s website.