Seattle Sounders midfielder Jordy Delem and fullback Kelvin Leerdam have both acquired their U.S. Green Cards, the club announced Friday.
The two players now no longer occupy international roster slots on the club’s roster, per league rule, freeing up two of Seattle’s eight international roster slots. The club’s six remaining international players are: Gustav Svensson (Sweden), Kim Kee-hee (South Korea), Raul Ruidiaz (Peru), Nouhou (Cameroon), Brad Smith (Australia) and Victor Rodriguez (Spain).
Born in Martinique, Delem joined Seattle’s USL side, Sounders 2, in 2016. A year later, Delem earned a Major League Soccer contract, and he went on to make 35 appearances for the club across all competitions. With the departure of Osvaldo Alonso in free agency, Delem is now regarded as the club’s primary backup defensive midfielder after presumptive starters Gustav Svensson and Cristian Roldan.
Leerdam was born in Suriname and joined Seattle in 2017 from Eredivisie side Vitesse. His arrival helped overhaul a Seattle back line that went another 417 minutes before conceding a goal. The 28-year-old has made 49 appearances for the club in a season and a half.
The winter transfer window remains open until May 7, giving the club time to sign an international player if one is in the wings. General manager Garth Lagerwey, however, is seldom one to buy hastily and has gone on the record saying that he expects the Sounders to take their roster as-is into the start of the 2019 season.