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December 2, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Philadelphia Union interested in Jeff Parke? A roundup of rumors and reports

UPDATE 1:20 p.m. — Another reporter in Philadelphia has provided this on the Parke-to-Philadelphia rumors: “A reliable source informs that there will be no deal between Jeff Parke and the Philadelphia Union at this point.”

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The day after MLS Cup was a wild one with rumors and reports. Here’s a roundup.

First off, The Brotherly Game is reporting that Philadelphia has interest in defender Jeff Parke, whose contract with Sounders FC has expired. As the report notes, Seattle still owns Parke’s rights within the league, so the Union would have to acquire them through a trade or potentially in the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

I talked to Parke several weeks ago about his contract expiring, and he made a point of mentioning his family would be key in a decision on his future.

“It’s business,” he told me when asked if he has strong feelings whether or not he stays in Seattle. “I understand that. It’s part of the game and I’ve been around long enough to see how the league goes and how the teams are. This is a great team, and that’s what I want to be a part of, but at the end of the day, it’s about my family, their organization and what we can do.”

As we know, Parke’s family lives in the Philadelphia area (Downingtown, Pa.), and from this story, we know his wife was due to give birth to their first child at the end of November.

It should be noted that interest — even if mutual — makes this far from a done deal, but the situation sounds vaguely similar to Erik Friberg‘s after the 2011 season. You might remember the midfielder opted to return to Sweden, a surprise that made more sense once we learned he wanted to start a family closer to home.

Something to keep an eye on, for sure, as is the Sounders’ interest in Wilmer Crisanto, which according to the latest report from Honduras could involve a one-year loan.

Elsewhere around the league, it looks like Real Salt Lake is getting set for big changes. Soccer By Ives broke the news that defender Jamison Olave and forward Fabian Espindola are set to be trade to New York in exchange for allocation money. Also, SBI noted that RSL midfielder Will Johnson is set to be shipped to Portland.

Also involving the Timbers, The Oregonian is reporting that the team will acquire defender Michael Harrington from Kansas City and will send defender Kosuke Kimura to the Red Bulls — both deals were for allocation money. That was all news to Harrington, according to this report.

Stumptown Footy also weighed in on the moves, reporting that Johnson had the option to go to a couple teams within the league (including Vancouver, according to the report, which might’ve seemed like an attractive destination for a Canadian international).

In some other bits, the uproar about Rafa Marquez going to Columbus was apparently much ado about nothing (there was a misunderstanding over this tweet), the top Los Angeles Galaxy executive has confirmed interest in Kaka, and Sounder at Heart has word on Yossi Benayoun being shopped to MLS teams.

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