The Seattle Sounders say hello to defender Marc Burch today, and good bye to Nate Jaqua and Pat Noonan during the second phase of the MLS re-entry draft.
Burch, a former member of D.C. United, was taken with the first overall pick by the Sounders, who acquired the pick by exchanging positions with the Vancouver Whitecaps, sending a third round selection in the 2014 SuperDraft for the right to move up. Jaqua and Noonan were chosen by the New England Revolution and L.A. Galaxy, respectively.
Burch, 27, is a six-year veteran with 103 career appearances (81 starts). He played in 17 matches, starting 11, for D.C. United in 2012. He has three goals and 10 assists in his MLS career.
Burch, after being drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2006, was traded to Sigi Schmid's Columbus Crew team midway through the 2006 season, making seven appearances with five starts. He was traded to United in April 2008.
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"Acquiring Marc Burch is good for our club," Schmid said. "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."
Jaqua, 30, made 66 appearances in his three seasons with Seattle. He was named the 2010 U.S. Open Cup Player of the Tournament for his five goals in four games, and scored at least one goal in all three Open Cup title runs. Jaqua had a career-high nine goals and seven assists in his first year with Seattle in 2009.
"Obviously we wish Nate well in New England. It's unfortunate he won't be back with our team but this is a fresh opportunity for him and we wish him all the best," said Schmid.
Noonan, 31, was selected with the lone pick of the third round by the Galaxy. A midfielder/forward, he joined Seattle in 2010 and has made 21 appearances in his two seasons. Noonan played in 17 matches in all competitions in 2011 and assisted on the game-winning goal in Seattle's historic CONCACAF Champions League victory at Mexico's CF Monterrey. He has scored 41 goals and 33 assists in 173 appearances over his nine-year MLS career.
"Pat's done well for us but has been injury plagued. It's too bad he won't be with us however we wish him good health and success in LA," said Schmid.