SEATTLE - Any time I cover a Sounders game, whether here in the Pacific Northwest or elsewhere, I make sure to say hello to Jeff Parke. The Abington native and Drexel alumnus is a great guy, and still keeps close ties to the Philadelphia area despite living on the other side of the country.
After the Sounders' CONCACAF Champions League game vs. Santos Laguna on Wednesday night, I chatted with Parke for a few minutes. We discussed Wednesday's game, what it was like to play with new teammate Eddie Johnson; and his future (or lack thereof) with the U.S. national team.
And I couldn't help asking Parke whether he thinks his alma mater's men's basketball team will make into the NCAA Tournament. Drexel is squarely on the bubble right now, and hasn't been to the Big Dance since 1996.