Sounders FC Comings & Goings
The Sounders wanted to get a player, especially a defensive one, in the Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 and at the last minute they pulled off a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps for the #1 pick, and to get that they had to give up their 3rd round pick in the 2014 Super Draft.
Not long after making the trade they took veteran defender Marc Burch, who used to play for DC United. He is a 27-year-old defender and while he is a solid player he has injury issues and missed all of last season as well as most of this one.
Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid knows Burch well, as he traded for him during his rookie season moving from the LA Galaxy to the Columbus Crew.
Burch will not only help the Sounders on defense, which they sorely needed after losing 2 starting defenders in the expansion draft, but in international play when they play in their first-ever CONCACAF Champions League knockout phase next March.
Burch has a lot of experience playing internationally in such big tournaments, such as the 2008 CONCACAF Champions Cup, 2008 Super Liga, 2008/09 CONCACAF Champions League and the 2009/10 CONCACAF Champions League.
For the last few seasons Burch has played in the left back in a 4-man line, but he has also played in the left center back when playing in a 3-man line.
The addition of Burch will mean that the Sounders will not have to rush the young players of Michael Tetteh or Ever Alvarado into action right away.
The team can continue to develop these young defenders to help them in the future.
In the Re-Entry Draft the Sounders lost Nate Jaqua, whose rights went to the New England Revolution, and Pat Noonan, who went to the L.A. Galaxy.
The also lost Erik Friberg this week, he’s on his way back to Europe. He transfered to Malmo.
The Sounders may still have to look for another solid starting defender and a few weeks back they signed G Michael Gspurning to replace Kasey Keller.
After a solid season this year Seattle has high hopes from last season and while they have the talent the new guys will have to step up for the Sounders to make to their very first MLS finals.