“Following Bryan Meredith’s departure in the Expansion Draft last week, goalkeeper depth became a priority for us this offseason,” Sounders FC general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “Stefan is a young goalkeeper that we look forward to bringing into our current group and working with [goalkeeper coach] Tom Dutra once preseason begins.”
Cleveland made five MLS appearances for the Fire — all in 2018 — in his three years in Chicago. The 25-year-old spent the 2019 season on loan with USL League One side Lansing Ignite FC. Cleveland’s contract option was declined by the Fire last week and he was available for selection in Tuesday’s MLS Re-Entry Draft.
The Sounders send their first overall selection in January’s draft (No. 26) overall to the Fire in exchange for Chicago’s second round pick (No. 35 overall) in the deal.