OK, it’s official now. The Sounders just confirmed the trade of defender Jeff Parke to the Philadelphia Union for allocation money and a 2013 first-round Supplemental Draft pick.
Parke, who has been with the Sounders since their first season back in 2009, was ranked the No. 3 best center back in the MLS according to Soccer America. The 30-year-old played in 30 games in 2012 – 29 starts – and had one assist.
He was voted the Sounders’ defender of the year in 2011 and 2012. He made 78 regular-season appearances for Seattle, including 77 starts, and has 210 career MLS appearances during his nine-year career. Parke appeared in 39 of 48 matches across all competitions in 2012. Overall, he has started 102 of his 105 appearances across all competitions with Seattle, logging 8,848 minutes.
Prior to joining the Sounders, he was a five-year starter for New York where he was named the club’s 2007 defender of the year, the 2006 ironman and co-unsung player of the year. Parke was selected with the last pick (60th overall) in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.
Parke’s trade to Philadelphia is a homecoming of sorts. He is from Downingtown, PA.
“Jeff has been a fantastic pro and valuable to our success as a team,” said said Adrian Hanauer, owner and general manager in a release issued by the team.
“Sometimes family trumps soccer, and in this case, we were able to help Jeff get closer to his family. We wish Jeff well and he will always have a place in Sounders history.”