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Sounders Re-Sign Forwards Storkson And Utush - Sounders Call Up Castellanos From Sounders Select (PDL)


The Seattle Sounders announce today that forwards Erik Storkson and Rashid Utush have re-signed with the team. Storkson, 33, is a 6-2, 170 pound forward entering his seventh season overall with Seattle. He is in the top ten in several Sounders all-time categories including goals (18), assists (9) and games played (66).

Storkson was a starter in the 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons. He joins the team for the first time in 2001, after recovering from an foot injury that he suffered in the Sounders U.S. Open Cup game against Los Angeles in June, 2000. Storkson's history with the team includes scoring two key goals in the 1997 playoffs to help the Sounders advance to the A-League Western Conference Semi-Finals.

Storkson has played on and off with the Sounders since 1994. He made his Sounders debut against the Canadian National Team in 1994. Storkson traveled with the team to Kobe, Japan for international match against Vissel Kobe in 1996 and to Guatemala City, Guatemala for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Tournament in 1997.

Storkson who is from Renton, WA has played local soccer with the Seattle Storm and the Hibernian Saints. He played his college soccer locally at Green River Community College and high school soccer at Lindbergh.

Rashid Utush, 20, is 5-9, 150 pound forward from Roseville, CA. Utush played for the Sounders during part of the 2000 season, scoring one goal and adding two assists in 14 games. Before rejoining the Sounders, he played for Josko Ried (Austria First Division). Utush was a 2000 discovery pick of the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS).

Utush split time with several teams in 1999. He played for Hatert, an amateur team in Holland, scoring five goals in 12 games. He trained with N.E.C. (Holland), San Francisco (A-League) and Sacramento (A-League) and has played for the Fresno Dragons. Utush played his high school soccer at Berkeley High (CA), graduating in 1997. Rashid is the younger brother starting Sounders defender Ali John Utush.

The Sounders have called up goalkeeper Carlos Castellanos from the Seattle Sounders Select (PDL) team. Castellanos is a 6-1, 185 goalkeeper.

Castellanos, 26, played for the Select team during the second half of the 2001 season. Among the accolades he earned during the season, was helping the Select advance to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup Tournament. Castellanos made 12 saves in the Sounders, 3-2, overtime upset of the Dallas Burn (MLS) in the Open Cup Tournament. He finished the regular season with a 6-1-0 record and a 1.29 goals against average.

The Sounders Select, who are the development team of the Seattle Sounders A-League team, finished with a best ever record (15-5-0, regular season) and made it to the Premier Development League (PDL) Western Conference Finals. Castellanos played his soccer at the University of San Diego. He is from Mission Hills, CA.

The Sounders embark on a three-game road trip starting tomorrow at Milwaukee. The trip continues on Saturday against the 2000 A-League Champion, Rochester Raging Rhinos, and concludes on Sunday against the Montreal Impact. For more information on the Sounders, log on to www.SeattleSounders.net or call (800) 796-KICK. The next Sounders home game on August 20 is "Monday Night Mascots" and will be "digicast" live on www.SeattleSounders.TV

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