Prideaux Joins MSoc Program As Assistant Coach

June 10, 2009

SEATTLE - University of Washington men's soccer coach Dean Wurzberger announced the hiring of former Husky and current Chicago Fire defender Brandon Prideaux as an assistant coach following the conclusion of the current Major League Soccer season.

Prideaux, who will begin his duties at Washington on January 1, jointly announced his plans to retire from his professional playing career at the end of the season. Ben Somoza, a former three-year letterwinner and a volunteer assistant coach for the Huskies in 2007, will serve as interim assistant coach until Prideaux's arrival.

Prideaux is currently in his 12th season as a professional, his 11th in MLS and his second with the Fire. He has played in 239 games during his MLS career and has logged nearly 20,000 minutes.

'This is a very exciting hire for our soccer program and I could not be happier about the return of a special former Husky student athlete to our program' said UW head coach Dean Wurzberger. 'With more than 10 years of playing experience in the MLS and two MLS championships, Brandon brings an incredible track record of success as a top player. I have also seen Brandon in the role of a coach and he has all the qualities a head coach looks for in a top assistant.

'This is a special hire for me, personally, since Brandon was a two-year captain of the great Husky teams we had in 1996 and 1997. Having such an accomplished Husky Soccer Alum join our coaching staff will further boost our plans to take our soccer program to new heights in the years to come.'

A native of nearby Renton, Wash., Prideaux was a four-year letterwinner under Wurzberger from 1994-97. He served as a team captain his last two seasons and was a third-team Academic All-America selection. He was also a first-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation member and was the anchor for the UW defense that led the nation in lowest goals against average.

'I am very excited to be joining my alma mater as an assistant coach. It is a thrill for me to be re-uniting with UW Soccer and with Dean,' said Prideaux, who has helped lead Chicago to the second-best record in MLS so far this season. 'It will be my honor to continue to build upon the success that UW Men's Soccer has had both on and off the field. I truly believe that there is nothing that we can't accomplish at UW and I look forward to getting started.'

Prideaux played one season for the United Soccer League Seattle Sounders in 1998 before joining the Kansas City Wizards of MLS from 1999-2001. He helped lead the Wizards to the MLS Cup title in 2000 before moving to D.C. United in a trade prior to the 2002 season. Prideaux earned his second MLS Cup title with United in 2004. He played the 2007 season for the Colorado Rapids before moving to Chicago in 2008.

Wurzberger is also looking forward to bringing back Somoza, who played four years with the Seattle Sounders after his Husky playing days.

'Ben is ideal person to serve as the assistant coach for the 2009 season,' Wurzberger said. 'Ben was on our staff as the volunteer coach one year ago and he knows our program, players and coaching staff well. It's also special for me to have former UW players return to join the coaching staff since they played a huge part in defining our program.'

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