Sounders Sign Defender Jeff Parke

Bill HareCorrespondent IMay 14, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 04:  Danny Dichio #9 of the Toronto FC and Jeff Parke # 60 of the New York Red Bulls battle for the ball at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands on October 4, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Toronto defeated New York 3-1.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
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The Seattle Sounders FC sought to bolster their defense forces in signing young veteran Jeff Parke, a sturdy performer with the New York Red Bulls.

The 28-year-old Parke will officially be added to the Sounders roster.  He will be available for selection pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

Parke’s arrival in Seattle culminates a circuitous route that began with him being selected by the Sounders in the 2009 expansion draft.  He opted to sign with the Vancouver Whitecaps, then a member of the United Soccer League's First Division, for that campaign and made 11 appearances.

The 6'1", 185-pound Parke was drafted out of Drexel University by the New York Red Bulls in the 2004 Super Draft.  From 2004 to 2008, he was a stellar part of the New York back line.  He appeared in 132 matches.

In 2006 Parke started a career-high 31 games.  He was named Red Bulls' Iron Man of the Year, logging a team high of 2,771 minutes.

“We’re excited to have Jeff Parke finally join the Sounders,” Coach Sigi Schmid said.  “He is a very tough, hard-nosed defender who should help our team’s defensive efforts.”