Seattle sends Parke to Philadelphia

Seattle Sounders FC announced Friday that it has sent defender Jeff Parke to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money and a first-round pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft.

Parke, 30, played three seasons with Seattle and was voted the club's Defender of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

"We would like to thank Jeff for his outstanding contributions to Sounders FC," said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. "Jeff has been a fantastic pro and valuable to our success as a team. Sometimes family trumps soccer, and in this case, we were able to help Jeff get closer to his family. We wish Jeff well and he will always have a place in Sounders history."

He has amassed 210 appearances during his nine-year MLS career, which began with the Red Bull New York franchise after being selected by the club with the 60th overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.