Minnesota United supporters will consider him one of their own for life, but former longtime Loon Miguel Ibarra is a Seattle Sounder now.

Ibarra, 29, will sign with the defending MLS Cup champions after he started two friendlies games in a trial while the team trained in Mexico and in his words "did well," obviously. United after last season did not renew the contract of a player whose history with the United franchise dates to its NASL days back in 2012.

"Loons will always be in my heart," he said by text today.

Here's a story I did about him in those days when he was all shook up right after his "idol" Kobe Bryant was killed in that helicopter crash -- and while he waited to sign with another MLS team while the league's new labor-agreement was being finalized.

"Devastating," he said then.

Here's the story from last month if you didn't see it the first time around.

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