Seattle Sounders FC Academy

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Seattle Sounders FC Academy
Full name Seattle Sounders FC Academy
Nickname(s) Rave Green
Founded 2010
Stadium Starfire Sports Complex
Ground Capacity 4,500
Director of Development Darren Sawatzky
Head Coach Dick McCormick
Website Club home page

Seattle Sounders Football Academy is a academy team of the Seattle Sounders FC. The current Youth Academy team manager is Dick McCormick, who was appointed in 2010 after working with the Crossfire Premier Soccer Club in Redmond, Washington following his retirement from playing in 2004.[1] His assistants are Sean Henderson and Bill Crook, who are both former Seattle Sounders players.[2] The technical director is Darren Sawatzky, a former Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders.[3]

History[edit]

Beginning (2010-2012)[edit]

In October 2010, the Seattle Sounders FC Academy was founded. The 2010 U-17 Sounders were part of the SUM U-17 Cup, a tournament with all the sixteen reserve Major League Soccer teams. They were grouped with the reserve teams of FC Dallas, Columbus Crew, and Philadelphia Union. Following a successful first season, 10 players committed to play soccer in college.[4]

Home Grown Players (2013-present)[edit]

The Homegrown Player Rule (HGP) program allows MLS teams to sign local players from their own development academies directly to MLS first team rosters.[5]

At the start of the 2013 season, DeAndre Yedlin became the first Sounders Academy player to sign a HGP contract.[6] In his first professional season with Seattle, Yedlin was part of the United States squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the MLS squad for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game. Yedlin appeared in all three of the U-20's games and played 24 minutes against A.S. Roma in the All-Star Game.

In 2014, Aaron Kovar and Sean Okoli followed Yedlin in becoming the next Academy players to sign with the full team.[7] Yedlin was called up to the United States squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making him the first HGP to have been called up to a World Cup roster. Yedlin was once again named to the MLS squad for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game.

Players and staff[edit]

U-18 Squad[edit]

The following players are eligible for the U18 Academy League in the current 2016 season. As of February 2016.[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
25 United States Chase Fjetland
27 United States Alex Bradbury
29 United States Bekele Dowty
30 United States Cayman John
31 United States Sam Johnson
32 United States Shuma Katori
33 United States Alex Kirtsov
No. Position Player
35 United States Stephen Murray
37 United States Sam Rogers
38 United States Stirling Russell
39 Japan Kei Tomozawa
40 United States Oscar Zepeda
41 United States Alec Zimmerman
United States Wilson Harris

U-16 Squad[edit]

The following players are eligible for the U16 Academy League in the current 2016 season. As of February 2016.[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 United States Sam Fowler
28 United States Khai Brisco
34 United States Cameron Martin
36 United States Roger Pulido
49 United States Gage Nardi
51 United States Jared Butler
52 United States Omar Carillo
53 United States Sakari Carter
54 United States Sam Catherall
55 United States Gus Diehl
56 United States Vincent Duyungan
57 United States Esai Easley
No. Position Player
58 United States Keeton Heggerness
59 United States Aden Hiatt
60 United States Ben Huynh
61 United States Jesus Jeronimo
62 United States Ethan LeClair
63 United States Lagu Nagami
64 Bulgaria Borislav Stoyanov
65 United States Dylan Teves
66 United States Gabe Threadgold
67 United States Allesandro Tomasi
68 United States Max Weinberg

U-15 Squad[edit]

The following players are eligible for the U15 Academy League in the current 2016 season. As of February 2016.[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States Noah Thomas
3 United States Leo Burney
4 United States Dylan Chavez
7 United States Connor Drought
9 United States Azriel Gonzalez
10 United States Mitchell Hutter
No. Position Player
12 United States Peter Kingtson
16 United States Joseph Richardson
19 United States Camilo Santiago
20 United States Jacen Stein
23 United States Jourdan Furukawa
89 United States Jonathan Perez

U-14 Squad[edit]

The following players are eligible for the U14 Academy League in the current 2016 season. As of February 2016.[11]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

U-13 Squad[edit]

The following players are eligible for the U13 Academy League in the current 2016 season. As of February 2016.[12]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

U-12 Squad[edit]

The following players are eligible for the U12 Academy League in the current 2016 season. As of February 2016.[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Board and Staff[edit]

Position Staff Nation
Technical Director Marc Nicholls England England
Administrator Julia Roberts England United States
Head Coach, U18 Academy Team Dick McCormick United States United States
Head Coach, U16 Academy Team Sean Henderson United States United States
Head Coach, U15 Academy Team Wade Webber United States United States
Head Coach, U14 Academy Team Junior Gonzalez United States United States
Assistant Coach, U18 & U16 Academy Teams Shannon Murray United States United States
Assistant Coach, U15 Academy Teams Michael Morris United States United States
Assistant Coach, U14 Academy Team Brayton Knapp United States United States
Goalkeepers Coach Troy Perkins United States United States
Head Trainer Sheila Tatsunami United States United States

Source: Coaching staff

Notable alumni[edit]

The following list reflects players who have graduated from the Seattle Sounders FC Academy and subsequently signed a professional contract. Appearances and Goals are cumulative totals for first-team Sounders FC games in Major League Soccer.

As of February 29, 2016

Name Years at
Academy
Appearances Goals First Professional Club Current Club International
Sweden Gustav Brandt 2012–2013 0 0 Sweden IF Limhamn Bunkeflo Sweden IF Limhamn Bunkeflo
United States Jamael Cox 2010–2011 0 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC U-23 United States Burlingame Dragons FC
United States Michael Gallagher 2010-2012 0 0 United States Portland Timbers 2 United States Portland Timbers 2
United States Ryan Herman 2010-2011 0 0 United States FC Dallas United States FC Dallas United States United States U-18
United States Nick Hinds 2015- 0 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC 2 United States Seattle Sounders FC 2 United States United States U-20
United States Darwin Jones 2010–2011 9 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC U-23 United States Seattle Sounders FC
United States Aaron Kovar 2010–2012 9 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC U-23 United States Seattle Sounders FC United States United States U-23
United States Victor Mansaray 2012–2015 3 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC United States Seattle Sounders FC United States United States U-20
United States Duncan McCormick 2011–2014 0 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC 2 United States Seattle Sounders FC 2
United States Jordan Morris 2012–2013 0 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC U-23 United States Seattle Sounders FC United States United States
United States Sean Okoli 2010–2011 3 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC U-23 United States FC Cincinnati United States United States U-23
United States Pablo Pelaez 2015- 0 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC 2 United States Seattle Sounders FC 2 United States United States U-20
Venezuela Victor Rojas 2012-2014 0 0 Mexico Coras de Tepic Mexico Coras de Tepic
Australia Justin Solomon 2010-2012 0 0 Australia Sunshine Coast F.C. Australia Sunshine Coast F.C.
United States DeAndre Yedlin 2010–2011 56 1 United States Seattle Sounders FC U-23 England Sunderland United States United States

International level is based on the highest level of the international setup that the player has reached.

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