MLS football giants Seattle Sounders have agreed contract extensions for three of their first-team players.Seattle Sounders made the announcement on the new contracts to their players at the start of this month. The three players handed contract extensions are Peruvian attacker Raul Ruidiaz, defender Xavier Arreaga and midfielder Joao Paulo.

Peru national team star Ruidiazis the go-to man at Seattle Sounders in terms of goals. He has won the Golden Boot winner at the club four times including the 2021 season. Also, Ruidiaz has been named in two successive MLS Best XI selections. The Peruvian international has signed a contract that runs through to the end of the 2024 MLS season.

On his part, midfielder Joao Paulo was named as part of the Best XI at the end of the 2021 MLS season in addition to being a finalist for theLandon Donovan Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award at the end of the same season in the MLS. The MLS MVP is named after LA Galaxy legend Landon Donovan. Apart from LA Galaxy, American football legend Landon Donovan also played for Everton and Bayern Munich during an illustrious career. Seattle Sounders have given Joao Paulo a new contract until the end of the 2023 MLS season with the option of an another season.

Sounders defender Arreaga is an anchor at the back as far as the starting XI at the club is concerned. He has 50 starts for Sounders over the past three seasons. He has been given a contract extension through to the end of the 2023 MLS season and with the option of the 2024 and 2025 MLS seasons.

On the contract extensions, Sounders General Manager (GM) and President of Soccer, Garth Lagerway said that the three players are important members of the first-team before adding that 28 players are now under contract at the club as they step up preparation for the upcoming Concacaf Champions League action and the MLS season.

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