2004 Mar 19

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders Re-Sign Keeper, Burpo Back for Eighth Season

(Seattle, Wash.) -- The Seattle Sounders today announced the re-signing of goalkeeper Preston Burpo to a new three-year contract.

Burpo missed a majority of last season with broken jaw he suffered in the 19th minute of the season opener against Portland. A quick recovery allowed Burpo to play almost 900 minutes, make 46 saves and allowing nine goals in 2003.

"Over the years, I've become quite fond of Seattle and the fans support has always been really good," said Preston Burpo. "So, when the club decided to offer me another contract to keep me here for the next few years, I was quite pleased."

Entering his eighth season with the Sounders, Burpo leads the team in several all-time keeper statistics including regular season games played (87), saves (387) and minutes (7,708). Burpo helped the Sounders win the A-League Regular Season Championship in 2002.

"Preston Burpo signing with the Sounders is a big success in the overall outlook for the team in 2004 and beyond," said Brian Schmetzer, head coach of the Sounders. "I have a lot of respect for Preston; he brings a great work ethic to training everyday. He offers the team great qualities including good size, quickness, and is tactically sound."

"He has been a valuable asset to the team for many years, and we both look forward to starting this season on a positive note," said Schmetzer.

Before joining the Sounders in 1997, Burpo played professional soccer with the Boston Storm and New Hampshire Phantoms of the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL). Burpo has also played internationally with a Jamaican 1st Division team.

The 6'3" goalkeeper attended New Hampshire College, where he received All-League and All-New England honors.

"I see a bright season for us," said Burpo. "With a great core of defensive players all coming back, it should be a tough season for opposing forwards."

For more information about Burpo or the Sounders’ pre-season schedule please visit www.seattlesounders.net or call 206.622.3415.