Seattle Sounders FC Academy
|Full name||Seattle Sounders FC Academy|
|Stadium||Starfire Sports Complex|
|Director of Development||Darren Sawatzky|
|Head Coach||Dick McCormick|
|Website||Club home page|
Seattle Sounders Football Academy is the 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. His assistants are Sean Henderson and Bill Crook, who are both former Seattle Sounders players. The technical director is Darren Sawatzky, a former Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders.
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.
Home Grown Players (2013-present)
At the start of the 2013 season, DeAndre Yedlin became the first Sounders Academy player to sign a HGP contract. 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. 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.
The following players are eligible for the U18 Academy League in the current 2015 season. As of July 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Board and Staff
|Technical Director||Marc Nicholls||England|
|Administrator||Julia Roberts||United States|
|Head Coach, U18 Academy Team||Dick McCormick||United States|
|Head Coach, U16 & U15 Academy Team||Sean Henderson||United States|
|Head Coach, U14 Academy Team||Othoniel Gonzalez||United States|
|Assistant Coach, U18 & U16 Academy Teams||Shannon Murray||United States|
|Assistant Coach, U16 & U15 Academy Teams||Michael Morris||United States|
|Assistant Coach, U14 Academy Team||Brayton Knapp||United States|
|Goalkeepers Coach||Ben Dragavon||United States|
|Head Athletic Trainer||Sheila Tatsunami||United States|
Source: Coaching staff
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, US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, as well as playoff games.
As of March 29, 2015
International level is based on the highest level of the international setup that the player has reached.
- http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles/2010/02-February/Dick-McCormick-Hired.aspx Sounders FC Names Dick McCormick as Academy Manager/Head Coach
- http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles/2010/03-March/Crook-and-Henderson-named-Academy-Assistant-Coaches.aspx Sean Henderson and Bill Crook
- http://www.soundersfc.com/Youth/Development-Program/YDP-Staff.aspx Darren Sawatzky
- url=http://www.soundersfc.com/post/2011/02/03/10-sounders-fc-academy-players-commit-colleges 2010 commitments
- http://aol.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2013-01-16/mls-draft-2013-fc-dallas-new-england-revolution-la-galaxy-schellas-hyndman-gyasi MLS Draft 2013: Homegrown player initiative rises as draft declines
- http://www.soundersfc.com/news/articles/2013/01-january/yedlin-press-release.aspx Sounders FC Signs First Homegrown Player
- http://www.soundersfc.com/post/2014/01/09/sounders-fc-signs-aaron-kovar-and-sean-okoli Sounders FC signs Aaron Kovar and Sean Okoli
- U-18 Roster and Staff