The Seattle Sounders FC signed Dutch FC Twente and Switzerland international forward Blaise Nkufo, the Major League Soccer team announced on its website on Thursday.

Nkufo, the all-time scoring leader for Twente with 111 career goals in seven seasons, will join the Sounders after competing with the Swiss national team at the World Cup this summer.

"We're obviously very excited," Sounders FC General Manager Adrian Hanauer told the club's website. "Blaise is a player that we've been keeping our eyes on for quite a while now. He's a big strong presence in the middle and he gives us a slightly different look than we currently have. He is also a player of tremendous character, and will contribute his knowledge and leadership to our team."

"Adrian gave me a very good impression about the club," the 34-year-old Nkufo said on soundersfc.com. "I have a really good feeling about the club and the people involved with the club. That's why I chose Seattle. I'm really happy to come to this club. [Seattle coach Sigi Schmid] likes playing football and he has experience with European soccer players. That's another reason I chose to come. He gave me a good feeling."