In West Philadelphia, Born And Raised: Jeff Parke Returns Home
With the Seattle Sounders over the salary cap, and Philadelphia native Jeff Parke making $200,000 per year, it was only
natural that the Sounders had to let go their best, and most reliable Center Back. Parke has played the third most minutes of any Sounder this year, only behind Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso.
According to Sounder At Heart’s Jeremiah Oshan Parke was traded to the Philadelphia Union for Allocation Money, likely $75,000 and a First Round Draft pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft, assumed to be 43rd overall. Parke will return to his hometown where both him, and his wife are from to play for his hometown team. Parke was rumored to have requested a transfer to a number of East Coast based MLS clubs with the Union as his number one choice.
“Sometimes family trumps soccer, and in this case, we were able to help Jeff get closer to his family,” Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer said in the Seattle Sounders press release on this trade.
The Sounders now will have Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni as their opening day Center Back pair, but will most likely attempt to sign another defender because depth at the Center Back position is no very thin. Zach Scott, who is a regular twitter fiend, will most likely be the number three Center Back, with Andrew Duran as fourth. Duran is coming off an injury he sustained during his loan spell with the Atlanta Silverbacks.