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April 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Marc Burch has something to prove against his former team, D.C. United

burch mug 2012.jpgThe feeling isn’t unique. A lot of athletes take motivation from playing against their former teams.

That will be exactly the case this weekend when Sounders FC defender Marc Burch travels to play D.C. United, a team he played for from 2007-2011. What adds to the story is a bit of a messy breakup.

D.C. United declined to pick up the option on Burch’s contract in the offseason. The 27-year-old left back said the team had tried to get him to take a pay cut.

“They had the opportunity to keep me and they didn’t,” Burch said. “It’s time to go back and prove that I don’t believe that their left back is better than I am. If that’s what they think, then that’s what they think.

“It’s time to go back there and prove that we have a much better team here. And I’m happy to be here.”

Burch knew it was time to leave D.C. shortly after the team asked him to renegotiate his contract. He felt he had proved his worth over of five seasons.

“I definitely wanted to move on,” said Burch, noting that former teammate and current D.C. United coach Ben Olsen has gotten rid of a lot of players who he had played with before.

That’s where the Sounders come in. Due to his veteran status in the league, Burch had to go through the MLS Re-Entry Process before he could join another team. Seattle then traded up to the No. 1 spot in the draft to take him and Burch has started all three MLS games this season.

Coach Sigi Schmid gave a warning Tuesday that sometimes players can get “over-motivated” to play an old team.

“That can work against you a little bit,” Schmid said.

We’ll see how it plays out on Saturday.

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