Three Huskies Drafted by Seattle Sounders

Feb. 8, 2001

Seattle - The Seattle Sounders selected local talent for the 2001 United SoccerLeagues (A-League) Draft held today via conference call. Brian Ching(Gonzaga Univ.), Michael Casale (Univ. of Washington), Mark Hogenhout (Univ.of Washington), Kai Carroll (Univ. of Washington) and Tye Tolentino (Univ.of Puget Sound) were drafted by the Sounders.

The Sounders began the A-League Draft by selecting forward Brian Ching inthe territorial draft. The territorial draft was the precursor to the openround of the A-League Draft. During the open rounds,A-League teams can draft any player from a list of players that had beenidentified by each of the 21 teams. The Sounders had extra picks in thefirst round and second rounds because of Seattle's trade with the PortlandTimbers yesterday. Seattle received Portland's first pick in the secondround (#22nd overall) and Portland's first pick in the third round (#43overall). In addition, the Sounders had their round one (39th overall) andround two (60th overall) selections, based on their final 2000 regularseason record.

'We have continued the tradition of drafting local players,' said SoundersHead Coach Neil Megson. 'We're excited about the ability of these players.Both Mike (Casale) and Mark (Hogenhout) have experience with the SeattleSounders Select team. Kai (Carroll) and Tye (Tolentino) will get a goodlook to see if they can step up to the A-League standards. Our efforts arebased on developing players and not buying them from other teams.'

Once an A-League team drafts a player, that team has an exclusive 14-daynegotiating period. If the draft pick is not signed within two weeks of thedraft, that player becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.

2001 Sounders Draft Selections:

Round			Overall		Player			Position	College
(Territorial) Round 17th overall Brian Ching Forward GonzagaUniversity
Round One 22nd overall Michael Casale Def./Mid. Univ. of Washington
Round One 39th overall Mark Hogenhout Midfielder Univ. of Washington
Round Two 43rd overall Kai Carroll For./ Mid. Univ. of Washington
Round Two 60th overall Tye Tolentino Forward Univ. of Puget Sound

Mini-Bios of the Sounders Draft Selections:

Brian Ching, 22, is a 6-0, 165 pound forward from Haleiwa, HI (KamehamehaHigh School). Ching played for the Spokane Shadow in the PremierDevelopment League (PDL) in 1999 and was PDL Rookie of the Year in 1997. AtGonzaga University, Ching scored 34 goals and 23 assists for 91 points infour seasons. In 2000, Ching had 8 goals and 6 assists and was a first-teamAll West Conference selection. Ching was also drafted by the Los AngelesGalaxy of Major League Soccer.

Michael Casale, 21, is a 6-0, 150 pound defender/ midfielder from Redmond,WA (Eastlake High School). At the University of Washington, Casale had 4goals and 4 assists for 12 points in 64 career games. In 2000, Casalestarted all 20 games and was named second-team All Pac-10 and first-teamPac-10 All-Academic. Casale played for the U.S. Under-17 National team andwas the Washington Gatorade Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997.

Mark Hogenhout, 21, is a 5-7, 155 pound midfielder from Olympia (WA) HighSchool. Hogenhout started and had a prominent role for the Seattle SoundersSelect (PDL) in 2000 and the Seattle Bigfoot in 1998. In 2000, Hogenhoutscored 3 goals and 2 assists in 19 games for University of Washington. Hescored 5 goals and 5 assists in 56 college games over four seasons.Hogenhout is on the Washington State Olympic Development team and was aParade All-American in 1998.

Kai Carroll, 21, is a 5-9, 150 pound forward/ midfielder from South EugeneHigh School in Eugene, Oregon. In his four years at University ofWashington (1997-2000), Carroll scored 21 goals and 12 assists. He was theteam,s second leading scorer in 2000 with 8 goals and 2 assists and led theteam in scoring in 1999. Carroll has been on the Washington State OlympicDevelopment team the last two seasons.

Tye Tolentino, 21, is a 5-10, 205 pound forward from Federal Way (WA) HighSchool. Tolentino finished his career at UPS (1997-00) with 32 goals and 33assists in 81 games. He was second on the team in scoring in 2000 with 5goals and 7 assists for 17 points in 18 games. Tolentino was a second teamAll-NCAA Division III West Region player in 2000 and was a first team All-NCAA Division III All-American in 1999.

The Sounders start preparation for the 2001 season with the invitation onlytryouts begin start March 15. Sounder Open Tryouts are March 24 and 25,with training camp officially starting April 1.

The Sounders open the 2001 regular season on May 5 against Vancouver atSeattle Memorial Stadium. For more ticket information, please call theSounders office at (800) 796-5425.

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