Jeff Parke is now a Philadelphia Union player.
Sounders received allocation money and a 2013 first-round Supplemental Draft pick.
“We would like to thank Jeff for his outstanding contributions to Sounders FC,” said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer in a press release.
“Jeff has been a fantastic pro and valuable to our success as a team. Sometimes family trumps soccer, and in this case, we were able to help Jeff get closer to his family. We wish Jeff well and he will always have a place in Sounders history.”
Parke, 30, played three seasons for Sounders FC and was voted the club’s Defender of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He made 78 regular-season appearances for Seattle, including 77 starts, and has 210 career MLS appearances during his nine-year career. Parke appeared in 39 of 48 matches across all competitions in 2012. Overall, he has started 102 of his 105 appearances across all competitions with Seattle, logging 8,848 minutes.
Parke has strong ties to the north east and wishes to bring up his new family there. However, the wounds from a massive bust up between him and head coach Sigi Schmid following the 6-1 defeat to Santos Laguna never properly healed.
Parke was benched after that game and only recovered his first team slot after an injury to Jhon Kennedy Hurtado made it impossible not to play him. Nonetheless, despite the acrimony. Parke went on to have an outstanding season.
His departure leaves a big hole for the Sounders to fill. Patrick Ianni stands ready but has struggled with injury and Hurtado’s form regressed in 2012.