RENTON , WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC has signed defender Marc Burch, it was announced today. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Burch, 27, had been selected by Seattle during the MLS Re-Entry Process Stage 2 Draft on December 12. He had spent the past five seasons with D.C. United.
“We are happy to have Marc signed,” said Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach. “He will be a welcome addition to an already deep team."
“I’m excited to take another step forward in my career and to play again for Sigi in Seattle,” Burch said. “Seattle has made an impact during its short history since coming into league. I’ve always respected the way the Sounders played and I just want to help push them further. ”
“The Sounders have done well in their first few seasons, making the playoffs and winning the Open Cup,” he added. “I would like to help them take that next step, to go further in the Champions League and the MLS playoffs. I believe they have what it takes to win an MLS Cup and hopefully I can help them achieve that.”
A six-year MLS veteran, Burch has made 81 starts in 103 regular season appearances. He played in 17 games, starting 11, in 2011. He has three career goals and 10 assists.
A standout at Maryland, he was drafted by L.A. in the second round of the 2006 SuperDraft, and traded to Columbus later that season, where he first played for Schmid. Burch was dealt to D.C. United in 2007.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders (MLS) – Signed DF Marc Burch
Birthdate/Birthplace: 5/7/1984 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Hometown (Citizenship): Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)
College: University of Maryland
Last Club: D.C. United (2007-11)
Previous Clubs: L.A. Galaxy (2006), Columbus Crew (2006)