2002 Dec 18

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders Keep It Local in 2003 A-League Draft

The Seattle Sounders selected two local products in the 2003 A-League College Draft, held via conference call from the league's headquarters in Tampa, Fla.

The Sounders went defensive by drafting University of Washington defender Zac Tallman (6-0, 180) in the first round and Seattle Pacific University (SPU) defender Michael Pardini (6-0) in the second round.

Tallman, a native of Gig Harbor, WA, was a four-year starter at the UW. He played 19 games during his senior year and netted one goal from his defender position. Overall he saw action in 77 games, tallying four goals and three assists.

Paradini started all seventeen games for the SPU Falcons, notching 4 assists.

"We're keeping with our philosophy of drafting talented local players," said Sounder head coach Brian Schmetzer. "There's a wealth of talent in the Northwest and we certainly have high hopes for Zac and Michael's participation in the A-League."

Both players are invited to participate in preseason training camp, slated to begin in early April.

The Sounders 2003 season begins in early May and runs through August. The official schedule is not due until January.

Fourteen Sounder home games will be played at Seahawks Stadium. Season tickets, ranging from $50-$280, are on sale by phoning 800 796.KICK.

For more information on season tickets visit www.seattlesounders.net.