TACOMA, WA—(club releases) The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams have announced their tryouts for the 2015 season. These teams operate as the spring and summer destination for the aspiring college age players looking to continue their development while home from college or working their way up the development pyramid.
The Sounders U23 team plays in the Premier Development League of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) as a U23 Sounders FC affiliate side that is allowed over age players. These players use this team as a launch pad to professional soccer. The Sounders U23 side is proud to announce that over 20 players have signed professional contracts over the past three years after playing for the Sounders U23. DeAndre Yedlin played every minute of the 2012 season when the team rattled off 16 wins on their way to the Western Conference Championship and national semi-final birth.
As the women’s game evolves in the United States, the Sounders Women team has been a mainstay in the northwest for players aspiring to make the professional ranks. Four former Sounders Women players were drafted this past week in the NWSL Draft and the Seattle Reign (NWSL) and Sounders Women (W-League) will work together to offer developmental opportunities for players looking to take their game to the next level in 2015.
“The tryout process is very important to the creation of our teams. We need to make sure we find the very best local talent and combine it with the top players from around the country,” states Darren Sawatzky, Sounders Women/Sounders U23 GM, “We are competitive with both teams each year, but helping these players take that next step is the most important thing we do.”
Tryouts for the Sounders U23 team are March 21st and 22nd. Players will tryout Saturday the 21st and work to make the Sunday, March 22nd tryout game.
Tryouts for the Sounders Women are March 28th and 29th. Players will tryout from 1pm to 3pm on March 28th and will be informed of the next day opportunities at that time.
All players must register and pay online in order to tryout. For Sounders U23 tryouts, please register at www.SoundersU23.com. For Sounders Women tryouts, please register at www.SoundersWomen.com. Please send all questions to DarrenS@SoundersU23.com.