After training with the Seattle Sounders for the past month, midfielder Michael Azira felt like he belonged in Major League Soccer.
He was right.
The Charleston Battery has transferred Azira to Seattle, the club announced Thursday.
"Micheal has done a fantastic job with us when he was here and I think he proved he could play in the MLS," said Charleston coach Mike Anhaeuser. "He was an excellent defender who had that technical skill to push forward and get in on the attack. We wish him all the best."
In 46 games over two seasons with the Battery, Azira scored seven goals and two assists. Azira enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign when he had six goals and two assists. During his rookie season, Azira's only goal was the game-winner in the Battery's 1-0 win over Wilmington in the 2012 USL Pro finals.
"Michael is a versatile midfielder who can play outside back as well," said Seattle assistant general manager Chris Henderson. "He's a consistent passer and positions himself well defensively. He is very calm on the ball and adds depth to both the midfield and the back four."
Azira, who played for both the Battery and Sounders during the recent Carolina Challenge Cup, becomes the fourth Charleston Battery player to play for the Sounders following, Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle and Alex Caskey.
"Michael has played very well for us during the preseason," said Seattle coach Sigi Schmid. "He's very patient with the ball. He's very good defensively and he's able to get forward when needed."
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