Sounders continue to build by adding a quality defender in March Burch, a six-year MLS veteran who spent the past five seasons with D.C. United.
Seattle Sounders FC announced Tuesday the signing of veteran defender Marc Burch, whom the franchise selected during the MLS re-entry process stage 2 draft Dec. 12. Per Major League Soccer and Sounders FC policy, no terms of Burch’s contract were disclosed.
Burch, 27, 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 the 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. 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 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.
Once a standout at Maryland, Burch was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second round of the 2006 SuperDraft, and was traded to Columbus later that season, where he first played for Schmid. Columbus swapped Burch to D.C. United in 2007.
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