2004 Mar 23

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders re-sign veteran midfielder and team captain

(Seattle, Wash.) - - The Sounders today announced the re-signing of midfielder Jason Farrell, the Sounders' 2003 team captain. The 2004 season marks Farrell's seventh year as a Sounder.

"To be able to play in front of friends and family for another couple years is very important to me," said Farrell. "And to do so playing for a great organization like the Sounders is icing on the cake."

In 2003, Farrell played in 24 matches for the Sounders, clocked 2175 minutes, scored one goal and had four assists for six points.

"Jason Farrell has been a top player for many years," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "Last year could have been one of his best. Leadership skills are shown in various ways, and Jason lead by example all of last year. Central midfield is an important position on every team, and his performance was a huge reason for our regular season success, and our push into the semi-finals of the A-League Championship."

Farrell's career with the Sounders began in 1994, the same year the club was resurrected. The 5-10 Farrell was a member of the back-to-back championship Sounders teams in 1995 and 1996.

Leaving the Sounders in 1997 for Major League Soccer, Farrell played four seasons with the Columbus Crew before coming back to the Sounders in 2001.

Farrell is the Sounders all-time regular season assists leader and is among team statistic leaders in matches played, minutes and points. In six seasons with the Sounders, Farrell has recorded 16 goals, 29 assists, 61 points, played in 137 matches and has logged 5,722 minutes.

"Make no mistake, I am playing this year for one reason only, I want to win an A-League Championship again," said Farrell. "The fans here in Seattle are some of the best in the country and they deserve another trophy. Brian (Schmetzer) is a fantastic coach and he has picked up some good, young players that should help us do that. Quite honestly, I haven't been this excited to get going in quite a few years."

A Seattle native, Farrell graduated from Shorecrest High School and played collegiate soccer at Seattle University where he won Athlete of the Year in 1991 and 1992.

Farrell joins the rest of the Sounders in early April in preparation for the 2004 season which kicks off May 1st on the road against the Portland Timbers. For more information about Farrell and the Sounders 2004 season please visit www.seattlesounders.net.