The North Sound SeaWolves of the Premier Development League today announce the return of four important players to their roster for the 2012 season.
Seattle University provides three local guys and the University of Washington, via a Seattle Sounders FC draft choice, makes the fourth.
The SeaWolves will compete for the first-ever Ruffneck Cup in 2012.
SeaWolves FC Press Release and photos
EDMONDS, Wash. — The North Sound SeaWolves FC has re-signed four players from their inaugural season, including Seattle Sounders draft pick Abdul Aman (Seattle, WA).
Also rejoining the SeaWolves for the 2012 season are the Seattle University trio of Marshall Kosaka, Brady Ballew and Kevin Cook.
“I’m very excited to have these players back with us this year,” SeaWolves coach/owner Alex Silva said. “Not only are they talented players who know our system, but they also are hard workers and good in the community. They’re a great foundation to start building strong team for this season.”
Aman, a striker originally from Ethiopia, scored three goals, an assist and a team-leading 21 shots for the SeaWolves last season. He then received a scholarship to play for the University of Washington, where he scored two goals in 14 games. Aman was selected by the Sounders in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft and trained with the club for two weeks.
“Abdul is the perfect example of what we’re trying to do,” Silva said. “He had a good season for us, got a scholarship to a great university and then got a chance with MLS. I’m excited to have him back as he continues to progress in his soccer career.”
Kosaka, Ballew and Cook were key starters for the SeaWolves in 2011. Kosaka (Burien, WA), a midfielder, led the team with five goals and four assists. He then earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honorable mention honors after leading Seattle University with three goals this past season. Ballew (Marysville, WA), a midfielder/forward, had three goals and two assists for the SeaWolves and redshirted at Seattle University this past season. Cook (Gresham, OR) was North Sound’s top defender in 2011, scoring a goal and having two assists, and scored a goal as a starting defender for the Redhawks this past season.
“Those three guys play together very well,” Silva said. “They work very hard, they are always prepared and they have great skills. It was very important for us to get them back for another season.”
The SeaWolves will play a scrimmage against Gonzaga University at 3:30 p.m. April 14 at Quil Ceda Stadium (5611 108th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270). The game will involve players who advanced through two rounds of open tryouts held earlier this year.
A member of the PDL, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States, the SeaWolves begin a 16-game regular season in late May, with eight home games in June to be played at Edmonds Stadium.
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