Jeff Parke Trade Completed


Parke won’t be seen in the rave green again
Photo: Julie Harper/Prost Amerika

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.


About Author

Steve is the founder and owner of Prost Amerika. He covered the expansion of MLS soccer in Cascadia at first hand. As Editor in Chief of, he was accredited at the 2014 World Cup Final. He is the former President of the North American Soccer Reporters Association/ Originally from Glasgow, he is a supporter of the Great Glasgow Alternative, Partick Thistle.


    • Kyle,

      after the ill feeling between Jeff and Sigi, it was quite an achievement to get this great season out of the player. However, that – and of course his desire to bring up his new family over there – took over by season end.

      The Union have got a great guy playing possibly the best football of his career.

      One assumes Adrian has something big up his sleeve. I rather thought he might fight a bit harder for Jamison Olave. The Whitecaps have DeMerit, Bonjour AND O’Brien still. Just speculatin’ likes!

        • Sometimes I think clubs put in the words “allocation money” into every trade for that reason – to soften the blow of losing a player.

          • Fair but Honest on

            Editor, there is probably some truth to that. Dangle out that little bit of hope to the fans that losing a loved player is going to lead to someone bigger and better.

          • Until they start telling us how much allocation money is involved (and they NEVER will), the smarter fans will always have their doubts whether a player was well or poorly traded.

    • Sounders needed 235k in salary cap relief and this provides it between Salary and allocation money we can now be back under the cap… Welcome to the MLS !

  1. Its unfortunate that we had to lose probably our best defender. That’s the reality of the salary cap however. Parke was probably due a pretty good raise that we probably couldn’t afford and we need the allocation money we got in this trade as well. This is probably good for Parke as well as he gets to return “home”.