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Originally published December 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM | Page modified December 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM

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Sounders acquire Chad Barrett, Corey Hertzog

The Sounders acquired the rights to forwards Chad Barrett and Corey Hertzog in the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Wednesday.

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Only five of 19 MLS teams participated in the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft on Wednesday, and based on how busy the Sounders have been this offseason, it was no surprise they were active.

Seattle made it eight straight business days with at least one transaction, acquiring the rights to forwards Chad Barrett and Corey Hertzog in the draft.

The Sounders have seven days to make a genuine offer to the players, whose contract options were declined by their previous teams, and negotiations can continue from there. If no deal is reached, Seattle will retain the right of first refusal for Barrett and Hertzog.

Midfielder Blair Gavin, whose option was declined by the Sounders, was not picked in the draft and becomes a free agent, along with the 47 other unselected players.

Barrett, 28, is a nine-year MLS veteran who has played for Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto and, most recently, New England. He has 44 goals and 29 assists in 211 career games — though just three in the past two seasons — and will likely have to take a pay cut from the roughly $110,000 made in 2013.

“Chad is a hardworking forward who has good experience in MLS,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in a news release. “He has a nose for the goal and is able to play multiple positions.”

Hertzog, 23, was drafted by the New York Red Bulls at No. 13 overall in the 2011 SuperDraft following a standout career at Penn State. He played seven games for Vancouver last season, making about $60,000, but didn’t feature in the final three months.

Henderson said the Sounders have followed Hertzog since his years at Penn State: “His attacking movement is good and he has an instinct to find the ball in the penalty box.”

• An English report from The Daily Mail said Clint Dempsey was in London on Wednesday to finalize a two-month loan with Premier League club Fulham. The deal with Dempsey’s former team would start in January when the transfer window opens. Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer had said Tuesday that an offseason loan was likely.

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