Several Former Huskies Gearing Up For 2010 MLS Season

March 23, 2010

SEATTLE - With the 2010 Major League Soccer season kicking off this Thursday when the Seattle Sounders take on the Philadelphia Union, several former Huskies are ready to get the season started either on the pitch as players or on the sidelines as coaches.

Chris Eylander will be the first former Husky to suit up when his Sounders take the pitch Thursday night in the league's opener. Eylander is the back-up to starter Kasey Keller but did earn one start last year and will look to earn some more time behind Keller this year.

Two former Huskies return to the Houston Dynamo, who eliminated the Sounders from the playoffs last year. Defenders Craig Waibel and Mike Chabala both played a key role in the Dynamo reaching the semifinals before falling to the Galaxy. Waibel, an MLS veteran in his 11th year in the league, played in 15 games last season and made eight starts while scoring one goal. Chabala, meanwhile, will enter his fifth year in Houston and is coming off a strong 2009 season in which he was a big contributor down the stretch. He played in 15 games and earned 12 starts, assisting on three goals.

Recent Husky graduate George John will return for his second year with FC Dallas. John battled through some injuries last year, but still managed to start 15 of his 16 games in the backfield, finding the back of the net once for his first career professional goal.

Ty Harden, who originally came into the MLS with the L.A. Galaxy and played last season in Colorado, has recently signed with Toronto FC and will continue his successful pro career.

Another former Husky, Ian Russell, will serve as an assistant coach with the San Jose Earthquakes, his second year with the Bay Area club.

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