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November 27, 2008 at 11:53 PM

Two stories of interest

Yes, it’s late and I’m doing the early a.m. shopping thing tomorrow, but I wanted to share these two storiews with you for some weekend reading.

First is a story from Columbus about who the Crew lost to Seattle in the expansion draft, and who they might lose later. Seems like things are lining up to reveal that Sigi Schmid is the coach that Sounders FC wants. Next is a story from New York regarding the suspension of another Seattle draft choice.

Crew gives up Evans to Sounders; is Schmid next?By Shawn Mitchell

Columbus Dispatch — November 27, 2008

The Crew lost midfielder Brad Evans to the Seattle Sounders in yesterday’s Major League Soccer expansion draft, opening the door for Adam Moffat to reclaim his starting spot next season.

Evans, 23, took over for Moffat last spring when the Scotsman suffered a season-ending knee injury. The 2007 second-round SuperDraft pick struggled through his first few games as a starter before clicking with the rest of the midfield during the summer.

He scored five goals — including the winners in three one-goal victories — and had one assist in 26 games.

“It’s part of the game, part of life,” Evans said. “I’ll be back on the West Coast, so I can’t complain about that. I’m happy. I want to be a starter in this league and if a team needs my help that’s a positive thing.”

Evans, an Arizona native who played college soccer at UC Irvine, could be reunited with Crew coach Sigi Schmid, who is expected to formally discuss the Sounders’ coaching position with Seattle officials after his contract expires Sunday.

Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer and technical director Chris Henderson made Seattle’s expansion draft selections, which included Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Peter Vagenas. Like Evans, Vagenas has been a favorite of Schmid’s for years.

Henderson is a friend of Schmid and played for him at UCLA. Schmid once tried to trade for Vagenas, who played for Schmid with UCLA and the Galaxy.

The Sounders also selected Real Salt Lake midfielder Nathan Sturgis, who played for Schmid on youth national teams and an MLS youth all-star tour.

Expansion Philadelphia, which will begin play in 2010, also is interested in Schmid.

Next is this from the New York Daily News, regarding expansion pick Jeff Parke, who will open the season serving a league-imposed suspension:

Red Bulls lose Jeff Parke, return old friend Mike Petke


NY Daily News – November 27, 2008

The Red Bulls lost one veteran defender in the MLS expansion draft Wednesday afternoon and picked up another in the waiver draft several hours later.

Jeff Parke, who still must serve five games of a 10-game drug suspension, was selected by the Seattle Sounders, who make their debut next season.

But any void that the Bulls might have in central defense was quickly filled by former MetroStars defender Mike Petke, who was waived after four seasons with the Colorado Rapids.

Petke, 32, who played in a franchise record 134 games with the MetroStars (who became the Bulls in 2006) from 1998-2002, was a fan favorite. The Bohemia, L.I. product was traded to D.C. United after the 2002 season. The Bulls released defender Gabriel Cichero, midfielder Gordon Kljestan and forward Sainey Touray.

Despite Parke’s suspension, the Sounders decided he was worth the gamble, making the 26-year-old their third overall pick out of 10 players. Parke was the only Bull chosen. Teams could lose only one player.

Parke and goalkeeper Jon Conway were slapped with the 10-game suspensions on Oct. 16 for using performance-enhancing drugs. The Bulls protected Conway.

Sounders technical director Chris Henderson, who played with Parke on the Bulls in 2006, said he has spoken with the five-year veteran.

“We need to make sure he is able to make the decision that he wants to play and stay in MLS,” Henderson said. “That’s something we’re working on.”

Henderson said that if the Sounders could get through the remaining five-game suspension, Parke has “got a tremendous upscale. He’s been at some very big games. He’s a guy who can really contribute.”

Bulls sporting director Jeff Agoos said Parke’s ban “was not even a factor that was weighed in.

“We wanted to protect about 20 players and we just weren’t able to do that. We had to come up with 11.”

The Bulls protected midfielder Dave van den Bergh, a key to the team’s success, although the veteran did not know if he would return next season.


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