TACOMA, Wash. – Chris Brundage, Sounders FC U-23 defender, has signed a professional contract with FC Jazz in Finland. The storied club, with experience in the UEFA Champions League in the late 90’s, now competes in the Kakkonen, Finland’s 3rd tear of pro soccer.
The University of Washington graduate, Chris Brundage, is the first ever American to play at FC Jazz. He is already in Scandinavia and available for selection with the first team.
FC Jazz play in the largest stadium within the Kakkonen. The club has Finish championships to its name, however took a year away from operation in 2005 and has since worked back up the ranks of Finland soccer. Last season FC Jazz finished 2nd place in the Western Division of the Kakkonen, one place away from a playoff position to fight for promotion.
The FC Jazz official website features an article on the signing: http://www.fcjazz.com/edustusjoukkue/uutiset/fc-jazz-vahvistuu-jenkkitopparilla
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July 30, 2013
Chris Brundage Earns All-Western Conference PDL
The PDL announced its 2013 All-Conference Teams today, honoring the players from among the league’s 64 teams who shone the brightest during the 2013 regular season. Sounders U-23 center back, Chris Brundage, was voted as one of the top four defenders in the entire Western Conference.
Chris Brundage said, “It’s definitely an honor to be recognized as an All-Conference player. I really enjoyed playing for the Sounders U-23 squad under Darren Sawatzky.”
With Brundage as a rock in the back line, the Sounders U-23 held their opponents to one-or-fewer goals in eight games this season. Those clean sheets allowed the Sounders to snag three 1-0 victories in their 2013 campaign.
Sounders U-23 Head Coach Darren Sawatzky said, “Chris had another solid season for our U23 group and we are exciting to see him be recognized for being consistent and helping lead as we develop players here.”
Brundage lead the team in minutes played, sitting out just one half for the entire 2013 season. Brundage recorded 679 minutes in 2012, nearly doubling his playing time in 2013, and increasing his games played from 8 to 14.
Brundage added, “I learned a lot this year and this honor is a great stepping stone into my goal of playing at the professional level.”
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