HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on February 20, 2020
Ibarra was a star with Minnesota in the NASL, earning an MVP award and two Best XI honors (2013, 2014), and even catching the attention of US national team manager at the time, Jurgen Klinsmann. His speed and playmaking ability on the wing should be an asset for the Sounders in 2020.
INTERNATIONAL: In October 2014, Ibarra became the first lower division player to be called up to the national team since 2005, coming in as a late-game substitute against Honduras. He was called up for international duty four consecutive times, making three appearances, including one start, for the USA.
OUTSIDE MLS: Ibarra was a crucial figure with Minnesota after signing with them in 2012. He appeared in 83 games with the club, scoring 14 goals. He won the Golden Ball as MVP in 2014. Ibarra was transferred to Club Leon on Mexico’s Liga MX in June 2015, having played nine games for Minnesota that season. He made eight appearances for Leon in his first season, scoring once.
COLLEGE: Ibarra played his first two years with Taft College, where he was named Central Valley Conference MVP. He transferred to UC Irvine before his junior year and he enjoyed a successful senior season, earning All-Big West First Team honors and the Big West Offensive Player of the Year award.
NOTES: Originally drafted by the Portland Timbers in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, but was not signed by the club and earned a deal with Minnesota in the second division.