Major League Soccer (MLS) club Seattle Sounders have released Onyekachi Apam and two other Nigerians from its current squad.
The club announced on Thursday it is “declining contract options” of eight players including defender Apam and forward Sean Okoli, while defender Jalil Anibaba is out of contract.
Apam, 27, did not make a single appearance for Sounders since joining on a free transfer in September 2014.
Okoli played three games before joining second-tier Orange County on loan. Anibaba played 17 games for Sounders, who has opted not to renew his contract.
“In our league it’s a consistent challenge to keep successful teams together, and these types of decisions are always difficult,” said Sounders FC Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer.
“Having said that, conversations are ongoing with several players about their respective futures with our club, and as we continue to shape the roster for 2015 we’ll have additional announcements to share.”
Sounders- winners of the 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield and the U.S. Open Cup- currently maintain a squad of 23 players including Nigerian Obafemi Martins, who scored 17 goals and made 13 assists in the 2014 season.