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December 12, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Sounders trade up, acquire Burch in MLS Re-Entry Process

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgSounders FC captured a bit of attention before Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Process officially kicked off Monday afternoon by acquiring Vancouver’s No. 1 pick in the draft.

Seattle, which had been slated to pick 14th, used the top position to acquire former D.C. United defender Marc Burch. A 27-year-old left back, Burch started 11 of the 17 games he played for D.C. in 2011. He made $95,000 last year in salary, with $97,500 in guaranteed compensation (a number surely to drop for next season).

The Sounders and Burch, a six-year league veteran, still have to agree to terms before he is added to the roster. If no deal is reached, the team will hold the right of first refusal for the defender in MLS.

“Acquiring Marc Burch is good for our club,” said coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “He can play the left side, either left back or left midfield, or center back. He helps us replace the loss of Tyson Wahl. I coached Marc in Columbus and I look forward to working with him again.”

Seattle traded Wahl, a starter for most of 2011, to Montreal. That would appear to be the most natural fit for the 6-foot-1 Burch.

Seattle passed in the second round of the draft, ending its involvement. In other local connections, New England took former Sounders FC forward Nate Jaqua with the No. 2 overall pick. The Los Angeles Galaxy took forward/midfielder Pat Noonan in the third round.

UPDATE: The Whitecaps received Seattle’s third-round pick in 2014 in exchange for moving down in the draft.

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