Seattle Sounders FC U-23

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Seattle Sounders FC U-23
Seattle Sounders FC U-23 logo.svg
Full name Seattle Sounders FC U-23
Founded 2006 (as Tacoma FC)
Stadium Sunset Chevrolet Stadium
Sunmer, Washington
Ground Capacity 3,000
Owners Lane Smith
Cliff McElroy
Head Coach Darren Sawatzky
League Premier Development League
2016 2nd, Northwest Division
Playoffs: Dvisional Playoff
Website Club home page
Original Tacoma FC logo

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 and 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.

History[edit]

2006-2009: Playoffs[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Tacoma Tide logo 2007-2011

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.

2011[edit]

In August 2011, ownership of the team was reorganized as the club sought new investors.[1]

2012-2013: Sounders U-23[edit]

On January 25, 2012, it was announced that the Tide will re-brand as Seattle Sounders FC U-23.[2]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of April 20, 2016.[3]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Noll, RJRJ Noll      United States
2 Defender Langston, SamSam Langston      United States
3 Midfielder Aguinaga, JoséJosé Aguinaga      Spain
4 Defender Laokandi, CollynsCollyns Laokandi      France
5 Defender Teupen, TomTom Teupen      Germany
6 Forward Galgalo, AbdiAbdi Galgalo      United States
7 Midfielder Chaffin, YoshiYoshi Chaffin      United States
8 Forward Cairel, JosephJoseph Cairel      United States
9 Forward Smith, DanielDaniel Smith      United States
10 Midfielder Olsen, DavidDavid Olsen      United States
11 Forward Delgado, GuillermoGuillermo Delgado      Spain
12 Forward Granlund, JackobJackob Granlund      United States
13 Midfielder Zambrano, BrendanBrendan Zambrano      United States
14 Midfielder Berkholds, AleksAleks Berkholds      United States
15 Defender Bjornethun, KyleKyle Bjornethun      United States
16 Defender Wilson, GarrettGarrett Wilson      United States
17 Defender Crisler, JalenJalen Crisler      United States
18 Forward Dalusma, RoobyRooby Dalusma      Haiti
19 Defender Hanson, ChaseChase Hanson      United States
20 Midfielder Jones, AdamAdam Jones      United States
21 Forward Dumbuya, MoMo Dumbuya      United States
22 Defender Hauser-Ramsay, JacobJacob Hauser-Ramsay      United States
23 Defender Westra, KeesKees Westra      United States
24 Midfielder Peterson, TroyTroy Peterson      United States
25 Midfielder Maguraushe, LeeroyLeeroy Maguraushe      United States
26 Midfielder Wheeler-Omiunu, AndrewAndrew Wheeler-Omiunu      United States
27 Midfielder Francisco, KeithKeith Francisco      United States
28 Forward Bowman, SeanSean Bowman      United States
29 Forward Haupt, JamesJames Haupt      United States
31 Goalkeeper Christensen, PaulPaul Christensen      United States
32 Goalkeeper Caldwell, JeffJeff Caldwell      United States
33 Forward Johnson, DerekDerek Johnson      United States
40 Goalkeeper Greiling, RodneyRodney Greiling      United States
41 Goalkeeper Argüello, MichaelMichael Argüello      United States
Midfielder López, FranciscoFrancisco López      United States
Defender Lambert, RhysRhys Lambert      Australia
Midfielder Apollon, AshAsh Apollon      United States
Defender Bajza, MichaelMichael Bajza      United States
Forward Sandbekkhaug, StianStian Sandbekkhaug      United States
Forward Bazgir, AmirAmir Bazgir      Iran
Midfielder Wingate, ChrisChris Wingate      Norway
Midfielder Bojang, KissimaKissima Bojang      United States

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nat Tenure
Darren Sawatzky  United States March 13, 2012–present

General managers[edit]

Name Nat Tenure
Darren Sawatzky  United States March 13, 2012–present

Staff[edit]

As of 24 September 2016[4]
Executive
Major owner Adrian Hanauer
Minor owner Lane Smith, Cliff McElroy
General Manager Darren Sawatzky
Executive
Head coach Darren Sawatzky
Assistant coach Alejandro Charif
Assistant coach Mike Jennings
Assistant coach Jason Prenovost
Goalkeeper coach Jordan Jennings
Head athletic trainer Kailynn Dolph

Year-by-year[edit]

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 Semi-finals 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 Semi-finals 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
2015 4 USL PDL 3rd, Northwest Semi-finals Did not qualify
2016 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northwest Divisional Playoff 2nd round

Click on year for team's season wiki.

Honors[edit]

  • USL PDL Northwest Division Champions 2008
  • USL PDL Northwest Division Champions 2012

Head coaches[edit]

Stadia[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruiz, Don (August 12, 2011). "Tide seeks new investors, 2012 season in doubt". The News Tribune. Tacoma, WA. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sounders FC Aligns With U-23 PDL Franchise
  3. ^ "Seattle Sounders FC U-23 2016 roster". PDL Soccer. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Coaching Staff". Seattle Sounders FC U23. 

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