Seattle Sounders FC has signed defender Onyekachi Apam, the club announced today. Apam will be added to the roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Clearance. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Apam, 27, has made 128 appearances in France’s Lique 1 for Stade Rennes and OCG Nice. The center back has also appeared 14 times for the Nigerian National Team and won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
“Onyekachi brings vast experience from French Lique 1 and the Nigerian National Team,” said Sounders FC Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “He is a versatile defender who can play central or wide and has the ability to start our attack from the back as well.”
Apam began his youth career with the Pepsi Football Academy and Engu Rangers in Nigeria before moving to OCG Nice after a tryout in 2005. He went on to make 105 appearances for Nice before transferring to Rennes in 2010, where he made 23 appearances from 2010-14.
Sounders FC visits the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, September 20 at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. PT and will be nationally televised on NBC Sports Network.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) – Signed DEF Onyekachi Apam
Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Birthplace: Aba, Nigeria
Previous Clubs: Stade Rennes (2010-14), OCG Nice (2006-10)