2004 Feb 20

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders re-sign Danny Jackson, Sounders Defensive MVP

(Seattle, WA) - The Seattle Sounders today announced the re-signing of defender Danny Jackson. Jackson anchored one of the stingiest defenses in the league in 2003, one that allowed only 24 goals.

The 6 ft. native of England was much heralded after the 2003 season, selected to the All A-League First Team and named as both the Sounders and A-League.com Defensive Player of the Year.

"I'm excited to be back in Seattle," said Jackson. "The Sounders as an organization are very professional. We have a great coach, a great stadium in Seahawks Stadium and a very strong squad that I think will be better than last year's."

Jackson's 2003 season was cut short when he tore his right ACL in late July. After successful surgery, Jackson is nearing completion of his rehabilitation.

"I'm very excited to come back this season better than ever," said Jackson. "This was the first major injury of my career, and Dr. Bramwell (Washington Institute of Sports Medicine) and his staff did an amazing job that was nothing short of fantastic. I'm making a quick recovery and will be 100% by May 1st."

Before playing with the Sounders in 2003, Jackson spent one season in Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids.

Jackson played collegiate soccer for the University of North Carolina where he led the Tarheels to the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2001. Jackson was a two-time All-American in 2000 and 2001, and was the Tarheels team captain for three seasons.

"I am very pleased to re-sign the talented Danny Jackson," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "He's a young player with a very bright future. He is a leader on the field as well as the locker room. This is a great opportunity for the Seattle fans to see Danny in action before he becomes a star in the MLS. He will anchor a defense that was among the best in the League last year due in no small part to him. Fans will appreciate his determination on the field and his personality off the field."

The signing of Jackson returns the Sounders defensive line up from 2003 which includes Ryan Edwards and Zach Scott.

Jackson joins Nguyen, Tomlinson, Sleeth and the rest of the Sounders as they begin training in early April for the 2004 season. The Sounders first home game will be on May 8th against the Edmonton Aviators in Seahawks Stadium.