HOW ACQUIRED: Signed using Targeted Allocation Money on Feb. 27, 2018.
An internationally experienced center back who signed with Seattle after nine professional seasons, Kim became a regular starter in the Sounders defense and a key reason for the club's torrid second-half run to the MLS Cup Playoffs.
INTERNATIONAL: The center back has 23 caps for the South Korean National Team, including six appearances South Korea's successful run in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
OUTSIDE MLS: Kim has spent the past two seasons with Shanghai Shenua of the Chinese Super League, starting all 45 of his appearances, including all 30 games of the 2016 campaign. Prior to Shanghai Shenua, Kim spent three seasons with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC of K League 1, the topflight division in South Korea, where he made 80 appearances from 2013-2015 and won league titles in 2014 and 2015. His pro career began in 2011 with South Korean club Daegu FC, where he spent two seasons before being loaned to Qatari side Al-Sailiya SC for the 2012-2013 campaign.