2004 Feb 17

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders re-sign two veterans in Nguyen and Tomlinson

(Seattle, WA) - The Sounders today announced the signing of two veterans, midfielder Viet Nguyen and forward Craig Tomlinson.

Nguyen, a Seattle native, was selected by the Sounders in the 1999 A-League Draft from the University of Washington. The 2003 season saw the 5-9 skill player score one goal and add four assists while logging over 2,000 minutes. Since joining the Sounders in 1999, Nguyen has scored 15 goals and notched 24 assists.

"I'm glad to be back with Seattle," said Nguyen. "After talking with Brian (Schmetzer) and hearing about the team we're putting together I'm really looking forward to training camp and the regular season."

"In keeping with the attacking style of play I want for the Sounders, signing Viet was key," said Brian Schmetzer, Sounders head coach. "His technical ability is unmatched in the A-League. One-on-one he's unstoppable. I'm looking forward for another great season from a player in his prime."

Tomlinson, a multiple winner of the Sounders Community Relations Player of the Year, scored two goals and added two assists during the 2003 campaign. Suffering through numerous hamstring injuries, Tomlinson was limited to only 356 minutes.

Entering his fifth year with the Sounders, the Ohio State University graduate recently trained with his native country's national team in Kingston, Jamaica.

"Craig is not only a fan favorite, but I like having such a positive player on my team," said Schmetzer. "He brings excitement, passion and team effort everyday. Having returned from a trial with the Jamaican national team, I expect Craig will be ready for our (A-League) season."

Tomlinson and Nguyen will join recently signed midfielder Billy Sleeth and the rest of the Sounders on April 1st as training camp opens.

The 2004 season opener is set for May 1st against the Portland Timbers at PGE Park in Portland. The Sounders return home on May 8th for the home opener against A-League newcomer, the Edmonton Aviators.

For ticket information or to learn more about the Sounders and the signing of Viet Nguyen and Craig Tomlinson visit www.seattlesounders.net or call 206.622.3415.