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A pair of Seattle Sounders made appearances for their new teams with differing results on Sunday’s final game of the MLS opening weekend. Mauro Rosales earned Man of the Match honors while former teammate Jhon Kennedy Hurtado had a more subtle impact on the game’s score line.

Rosales did just what Chivas USA fans hoped he would do: improve the team’s moribund scoring from set-piece opportunities. Rosales may have had a free kick deflected by an outstretched Sean Johnson in the first half, however, the Argentine was able to convert on the game winning corner kick that found Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling in the 88th minute.  

Rosales drew six fouls, three of which saw the playmaker slow to get up from the ground, which were genuinely concerning to Chivas USA fans given his injury history. Rosales, through it all, was able to get back up and find a way to help his team win.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado also debuted with a new team today, making his Chicago Fire debut. Hurtado seemed in control when Chicago was able to use their size advantage to head away dangerous balls into the box.

Hurtado and the rest of the backline weren’t quick enough to adapt when the Chivas USA wingers began keeping their crosses on the carpet.

The defense seemed a bit too slow to keep up with the Goats. Chivas was able to take six shots in the box and Hurtado had a team high four fouls. It seemed evident that this was not the team’s first choice center back tandem.


Photo credit: Kelvin Kuo/USA Today

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The late afternoon sun offered up plenty of glare, but that was indeed Jhon Kennedy Hurtado on the Kino North Stadium pitch in the dark blue and red of the Chicago Fire. Not the Rave Green so many had seen him wearing for the previous five seasons as a Seattle Sounder.

Hurtado played 63 minutes of the Fire's 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in Game Two of the 2014 Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament Wednesday. The Rapids failed to score a goal with Hurtado on the field, their lone goal coming in the 68th minute from designated player Gabriel Torres. Forwards Grant Ward and Quincy Amarikwa scored for Chicago in the first half, Amarikwa against his old team. 

Hurtado said he's happy for the "excellent opportunity" he's been given with the Fire, who acquired Hurtado in a trade with the Sounders in the offseason. 

"I'm looking forward to continuing to show the ability I showed with my former team," Hurtado said in Spanish. 

He admitted it was a little hard to leave the Emerald City. 

"That's where my kids were born so it was hard, but it's great to be with this great team and I'm happy to have new teammates with a lot of talent."

Hurtado's wife and kids have yet to join him. They remain in Seattle until Hurtado gets to Chicago and gets settled and is able to bring them to town. 

"It was surprise," he said of the trade. "But kind of not because we know that's soccer. You don't want something like that to happen but it happens. But it's good that it happened and I'm with a good team in Chicago."

Hurtado has no doubt he'll be received well by Sounders fans when he returns with the Fire to play at CenturyLink Field this regular season. 

"I have good and bad, but good more than bad times there," Hurtado said, sending out a hello and a hug to the Seattle faithful. "I left a lot of friends, a lot of fans who I know care about me, and I know they'll welcome me back because they supported me so well. Not just the team (the Sounders) but the fans. They know there's a piece of my heart that belongs to them for always supporting me."

Fire head coach Frank Yallop said he was pleased with what he saw from Hurtado and some of the team's younger players, even though he sensed fatigue set in in the second half as Colorado came back. 

"Really really happy with the performances of a lot of our players," Yallop said. He was then asked about Hurtado. 

"He's a big strong boy, and I've always liked him when he played in Seattle," Yallop said. "My time in San Jose was battling against him a lot. He's a great addition to us. Good character, good guy. I thought he played very well tonight, played to his potential. We're excited about him."

Yallop added that Hurtado "is knocking on the door to start," and sought to give him extended minutes to further prepare him for the regular season. 

By Rusty Silber, Chicago Correspondent
Chicago, IL - Days before 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the Chicago Fire made a move bolstering its defensive back line that definitely adds some well needed depth.
The Fire picked up defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni and a 13th overall selection in 2014 MLS SuperDraft from the Seattle Sounders FC for defender Jalil Anibaba, the eighth overall 2014 selection and a conditional third round in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Hurtado comes from Palmira, Columbia and started his professional career in 2004 with Union Magdalena. He appeared in 121 matches in the first and second divisions. Hurtado started with the Sounders in 2009 and was a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year and appeared in 108 regular season appearances and started in 11 postseason matches.
Ianni, a two-time MLS Cup Champion with the Houston Dynamo in 2006 and 2007. He played with the Sounders over the last five seasons and in 83 regular season matches. Ianni, from Lodi, California netted three goals including a stunning volley against Sporting Kansas City on June 20, 2012 that was named the 2012 MLS Goal of the Year. He also played his collegiate career with UCLA and nominated for the MAC Hermann Trophy Award in his junior year.
“Adding Jhon, a former Defender of the Year finalist and  defensive All-Star, automatically makes our team better,” Chicago Fire Head Coach Frank Yallop said. “Along with Patrick (Ianni), we are adding valuable depth on the defensive side. While this trade addresses a key need, we thank Jalil for his time in Chicago and wish him all the best with his new club.”
Anibaba leaves Chicago after three seasons. He made 107 appearances with the Fire, scoring five goals and five assists.
Expect, the Chicago Fire going after some midfielders in the 2014 SuperDraft with its eyes on some more defense and even help at forward.

An Era Ends in Seattle as Ianni and Hurtado Depart