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  2004 Apr 6

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders get scoring punch, re-sign forward Kyle Smith

(Seattle, Wash.) - - The Seattle Sounders announced today the re-signing of forward Kyle Smith. Smith was the Sounders' leading goal scorer last season, scoring eight goals along with three assists in 27 matches.

Now in his fourth professional soccer season, Smith was discovered in 2001 at a Sounders invite only camp. In three seasons with the Sounders, Smith has scored a total of 11 goals.

"Kyle Smith came into his own last season after we identified him as our key offensive player," said Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. "He gained confidence and it showed in his goal scoring abilities. As our leading goal scorer last season, we expect that trend to continue and the numbers to grow for a great young man with a bright future on the Sounders' roster."

Last season Smith was selected as the A-League Player of the Week in Week #3 for a two goal, one assist performance in the Sounders opening weekend against the Portland Timbers that gave the Sounders a U.S. Open Cup berth.

Raised in San Jose, Calif., Smith attended Santa Clara University where he played soccer with current Sounders teammate Sean-Michael Callahan.

After returning from his honeymoon, Smith will join his Sounders teammates in preparation for the home opener on May 8th at Seahawks Stadium against the Edmonton Aviators.

For more information about Smith or the Seattle Sounders 2004 season schedule, please visit www.seattlesounders.net or call 206.622.3415.