Eddie Pope signs a multi-year deal
August 26, 2003 (Official Press Release)
The MetroStars announced today that they have signed United States World Cup star and MetroStars captain Eddie Pope to a new multi-year deal. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"I am very happy to solidify being a part of this organization," said Pope. "I am looking forward to the future and becoming part of the MetroStars family for years to come. I hope to be a part of building a winning tradition with this team. As an opponent, this is always a difficult place to play, and a large part of that is because of the fans. Now it feels great to be a part of their family."
Pope, 29, is a three-time MLS Cup champion with D.C. United (1996, 1997, 1999), where he flourished from 1996-2002. The defensive stalwart joined the MetroStars via trade with D.C. on December 23, 2002, along with Jaime Moreno and Richie Williams in exchange for defender Mike Petke, a 2003 MLS SuperDraft first round selection and an allocation.
"It's great to see that American players, who contributed so much to the league and U.S. Soccer, being rewarded," said MetroStars Head Coach Bob Bradley. "Eddie has been a major factor in everything the MetroStars have accomplished this year and we are delighted that he has chosen to extend his contract."