The Seattle Sounders have sent homegrown midfielder Ethan Dobbelaere on loan to Czech second division side MFK Vyškov.
The 19-year-old joins on a free loan through May 31, 2022 - the end of MFK Vyškov's season. Jan Trousil's side are currently 12th out of 16 in the Czech National Football League having won promotion from the third tier in 2020/21.
“We are excited about this opportunity for Ethan to develop as a player,” Sounders general manager and president of Soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a club statement. “Getting new experiences and additional playing time in different environments has proved to be beneficial for our players, and we can’t wait to see how Ethan improves during his time with MFK Vyškov.”
To date, Dobbelaere has made nine senior appearances for the Sounders, including seven during the 2021 MLS regular season. He's also played 27 times for Seattle's affiliate side, Tacoma Defiance, scoring twice.
Primarily a right-midfielder, Dobbelaere also has experience playing through the middle and has five caps for the United States under his belt at the Under-17 level - including three at the 2019 Under-17 World Cup - providing two assists.
Dobbelaere, a Seattle native, signed his first homegrown contract with the Sounders in June 2020