Major League Soccer sent out the following regarding the suspensions of two players, including Jeff Parke, whose rights belong to Sounders FC.
NEW YORK (March 10, 2009) – As a result of an appeal from the MLS Players Union, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has decided that New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway and Seattle Sounders FC expansion draft selection Jeff Parke may participate in team practices when the 2009 regular season begins.
In October 2008, Conway and Parke were suspended 10 MLS League games each and restricted from practicing and participating in any competitions with their clubs after violating the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Policy. Each player sat out six games in 2008 for the New York Red Bulls after being suspended and must serve four more games before being eligible to play in official competition. Both are permitted to participate in preseason practices and scrimmages.
Conway would be eligible to resume competition for New York in mid-April. Parke, formerly of the New York Red Bulls, is out of contract and has not signed after being selected in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft by Seattle Sounders FC.