Burch in 2013
|Full name||Marc Burch|
|Date of birth||May 7, 1984|
|Place of birth||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||Colorado Rapids|
|2002–2004||Evansville Purple Aces|
|2006||Los Angeles Galaxy||3||(0)|
|2012–2013||Seattle Sounders FC||49||(0)|
|2003||United States U18||4||(0)|
|2003||United States U20||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 28, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
College and amateur
Burch played college soccer at the University of Evansville for three seasons from 2002–2004, scoring seven goals and assisting on 22 along the way, and spent the summer months playing for the Cleveland Internationals in the USL Premier Development League. After the 2004 season he transferred to the University of Maryland, where he would become a crucial member of the Terrapin squad that won the College Cup, even scoring the game-winning goal in the championship against New Mexico.
Burch was drafted in the second round, 24th overall, by Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. On July 11, 2006, Burch was traded from Galaxy after appearing in only 3 games. He was sent to Columbus Crew for a second round pick in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. Burch was traded again on April 4, 2007 to D.C. United for a 3rd round 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft pick. There he was converted from a striker to a left back.
He scored his first professional goal against Toronto FC on September 29, 2007 in a 4-1 win for D.C. In 2008 he scored both goals from 2 free kicks in a 2-0 win for D.C. over Rochester Raging Rhinos in the 2008 U.S. Open Cup third round. It has been pointed out by D.C. United broadcaster Thomas Rongen that Marc Burch "serves great balls" from his position as a left back/left midfielder in D.C. United's formation.
Burch remained with D.C. through the 2011 season. At season's end, the club declined his 2012 contract option and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. On December 12, 2011, Seattle Sounders FC selected Burch with the first pick of stage two of the Re-Entry Draft. On January 3, 2012, he signed with the Sounders.
In a 2012 playoff game Marc Burch was caught on camera appearing to use homophobic language towards another player. MLS Commissioner Don Garber suspended Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount November 10, 2012 for using unacceptable and offensive language toward an opponent in a playoff game against Real Salt Lake. Garber also ordered Burch to attend diversity and sensitivity training. Burch sat out the two-game Western Conference finals games against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Marc Burch quickly issued an apology through Facebook as well as the official Seattle Sounders site.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2004||Cleveland Internationals||USL Premier Development League||7||0||—||—||—||7||0|
|2006||Los Angeles Galaxy||Major League Soccer||3||0||0||0||—||0||0||3||0|
|2012||Seattle Sounders FC||29||0||4||0||2||0||6||0||41||0|
- "D.C. United: Roster: Player Bio". Retrieved 27 May 2007.
- United blank Rhinos in USOC