2004 Mar 25

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders get physical, re-sign multi-talented Velez

(Seattle, Wash.) - - The Seattle Sounders today announced the signing of defender Marco Velez. Velez played both defender and forward for the Sounders in 2003, scoring three goals along with three assists and leading the team with 45 fouls.

Accustomed to playing defender, Velez was moved to the forward position by Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer midway through the 2003 season.

"Marco Velez was a very nice addition to our team last year," said Schmetzer. "The forward position highlighted his physical talents and his versatility. We expect that after a full season of significant playing time, he will have a greater impact with the club in 2004."

The Puerto Rican native was drafted by the New York - New Jersey Metrostars in the 2003 Major League Soccer Draft, before coming to the Sounders in April of 2003.

Velez attended Barry University near Miami, Fla. where he went to the NCAA Division II Final Four two times, in 1999 and 2000. In his collegiate career, Velez was voted to the 1st Team All-Conference as a freshman and sophomore. In his junior season, Velez earned 2nd Team All-American honors.

The Sounders preseason begins April 3rd against La Liga Hispana All-Stars at the new Starfire Soccer Complex it Tukwila at 7pm.

For more information about the signing of Velez or the Sounders regular season, please call 206.622.3415 or visit the Sounders' newly designed website at www.seattlesounders.net.