SEATTLE -- Seattle's expansion franchise for Major League Soccer hired original league player Chris Henderson on Thursday as technical director and assistant to general manager Adrian Hanauer.
The still-to-be-named team, which is scheduled to begin play in 2009, announced that Henderson will assist in scouting, player management and coaching. He will also be part of the team's youth-soccer system.
"We are very excited to add Chris to our MLS Seattle operation," Hanauer said. "Chris brings tremendous knowledge of the MLS system and players to our organization."
Henderson, a 37-year-old native of Everett, Wash., played in 317 career games for five teams during 11 MLS seasons, ending in 2006 with New York. He ranks second all-time in games (317) and minutes played (26,242). Henderson scored 51 goals and added 80 assists in his career, then spent the 2007 season as an assistant coach with the Kansas City Wizards.
After winning a national championship while playing for UCLA, Henderson began international play at the 1990 World Cup. At age 19, he was the youngest member on the U.S. roster. He was also a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team and an alternate on the 1994 and 1998 World Cup squads.
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