Brad Smith is officially available after his contract with English Premier League side Bournemouth came to an end on Monday. Smith had spent the latter half of the 2019-20 season on loan with Cardiff City in the English Championship where he made just three appearances, all off the bench. Smith had been under contract with Bournemouth for the past four seasons, but had made just five Premier League appearances and none since the 2016-17 campaign.
Since making his Premier League debut as a 20-year-old with Liverpool, Smith’s career has mostly been defined by a lack of playing time and being loaned out for one reason or another. His most consistent and productive spell of playing time came during his 18-month loan to the Sounders where he established himself as a first-choice left back despite solid competition for playing time. His best season as a professional came in 2019 when he logged nearly 2,300 minutes during the regular season and playoffs. In addition to starting all four playoff games on the way to winning MLS Cup, Smith also logged seven assists.