Seattle Sounders FC U-23
|Full name||Seattle Sounders FC U-23|
|Founded||2006 (as Tacoma FC)|
|Stadium||Franklin Pierce High School
|Owners|| Lane Smith
|Head Coach||Darren Sawatzky|
|League||Premier Development League|
|Website||Club home page|
Seattle Sounders FC U-23 is an American soccer team based in Tacoma, Washington, United States. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.
In 2011, Cliff McElroy & Lane Smith also acquired the Tacoma Tide Men’s PDL Franchise which took on the name; Sounders FC U-23 PDL Team. The function of the Sounders FC U-23 PDL team will be to compete for a PDL title while helping to develop young future Sounders FC Players. The Sounders U-23’s will play their home games in the Tacoma South Sound area and will wear the official kit of Sounders FC.
Tacoma were introduced into the league at very short notice in 2006 when it was announced that the now-defunct Spokane Shadow franchise were suspending operations for the season, and during their first season they were simply referred to as Tacoma F.C.. Under the leadership of Mike Jennings as head coach, Tacoma finished 5th in the Northwest table, 16 points off the leaders. Rory Agu was the top scorer with 5 goals, while Spencer Schomaker registered 3 assists.
2007 began with a new official name, the Tacoma Tide. By the end of the regular season Tacoma sat in second place in the Northwest division.Rory Agu was again one of Tide's top marksmen with 7 goals, while MLS-bound Ciaran O'Brien notched an impressive 7 goals and 5 assists.
Tacoma were looking to build on their impressive sophomore season in 2008. The Conference Final saw them face divisional rivals Vancouver Whitecaps Residency for a third time. Tacoma were on the receiving end of a 4-1 final score. Rory Agu and Spencer Schomaker ended the year as Tide's top marksmen, with 11 and 9 goals respectively, with Schomaker also contributing 5 assists.
2009-2010: Playoff-less seasons
O'Brien was replaced as Head Coach by former Rochester Rhinos and Seattle Sounders midfielder Greg Howes in 2009, and the change in leadership, combined with the excellence of the expansion teams in the Northwest, seemed to affect Tacoma on the field. A 4-3 loss to the Kitsap Pumas on the final day of the season left the Tide in seventh place, a full 20 points behind divisional champions Kitsap, and out of the playoffs for the first time in three years. Rory Agu was again Tacoma's top scorer, hitting the net 11 times, while Leighton O'Brien provided 4 assists.
2010 began with a change in coaching with former Canadian national team player Gerry Gray replacing Greg Howes. 2010 also saw the team acquire several new players, as well as see some players return from other teams. Chris Sanders joined after a stint with FC Nuremberg and Mark Conrad joined from Kitsap Pumas. Raphael Cox rejoined the team after a year with Real Salt Lake and an MLS Championship. With the two playoff spots locked up by Kitsap and Portland the last game of the season against Kitsap was for pride only. The season was nonetheless an improvement from 2009 with the team finishing third and only narrowly missing out on a playoff spot.
In August 2011, ownership of the team was reorganized as the club sought new investors.
2012-2013: Sounders U-23
On January 25, 2012, it was announced that the Tide will re-brand as Seattle Sounders FC U-23.
As of May 29, 2013.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||Open Cup|
|2006||4||USL PDL||5th, Northwest||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2007||4||USL PDL||2nd, Northwest||Conference Semifinals||Did not qualify|
|2008||4||USL PDL||1st, Northwest||Conference Finals||Did not qualify|
|2009||4||USL PDL||7th, Northwest||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2010||4||USL PDL||3rd, Northwest||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2011||4||USL PDL||8th, Northwest||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2012||4||USL PDL||1st, Northwest||Semifinals||Did not qualify|
|2013||4||USL PDL||4th, Northwest||Did not qualify||2nd Round|
|2014||4||USL PDL||5th, Northwest||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
Click on year for team's season wiki.
- USL PDL Northwest Division Champions 2008
- USL PDL Northwest Division Champions 2012
- Mike Jennings (2006)
- Fran O'Brien (2007–2008)
- Greg Howes (2009)
- Gerry Gray (2010–2011)
- Darren Sawatzky (2012–present)
- Franklin Pierce High School; Tacoma, Washington
- Cheney Stadium; Tacoma, Washington
- Tumwater High School; Tumwater, Washington
Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.
- 2006: 106
- 2007: 197
- 2008: 189
- 2009: 308
- 2010: 201
- 2011: 126
- 2012: 421
- 2013: 538