RENTON, WA - The Sounders have traded defender Jeff Parke to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money and a 2013 first-round Supplemental Draft pick.

Parke played three seasons in Seattle and was voted the team's Defender of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He started 77 of 78 regular-season appearances, and played in 39 of 48 matches across all competitions in 2012.

We would like to thank Jeff for his outstanding contributions to Sounders FC, said General Manager Adrian Hanauer. 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 is a native of Abington, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia.

It's a dream come true to be able to come home and play in front of my hometown fans and the Union faithful , said Parke in a Union release. I'm thrilled to join the organization and get started with the next chapter in my career.

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