Seattle United Named Sounders FC Youth Club Partner

Seattle United Named Sounders FC Youth Club Partner

Seattle United Partners With Sounders FC

Seattle United and Seattle Sounders FC Announce Partnership Agreement

11/17/2015, 10:00 AM (PST) By Seattle United Media

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEATTLE (November 17, 2015) – Seattle United FC, one of the largest youth soccer clubs in the United States, is excited to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the Seattle Sounders FC.  By this agreement, Seattle United becomes the first Official Youth Club Partner of Seattle Sounders FC in Western Washington.

The partnership will provide new programming, coaching education and unique interactions through Sounders FC events.  The partnership will also see Sounders FC and Seattle United launch a new jointly operated program, exclusive to Seattle United in Western Washington, to provide boys and girls under the age of 13 the chance to train and be developed under a jointly hired Technical Director.  Additionally, Seattle United players will have the opportunity to train with the Sounders FC technical staff and scouts and participate in Sounders FC Academy trainings.  The partnership also allows Seattle United players an opportunity to be placed in Sounders FC Academy teams.  Further details pertaining to the partnership will be made available in the coming weeks.

As part of the partnership, Seattle United players will also proudly wear Rave Green kits as one of their uniforms beginning with the 2016-17 season.

“Local partnerships like this are critical for us to be active in the Seattle community and to build institutions that interact with our fans and their families,” said Sounders FC General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey.  “This partnership reflects how highly we value input from Seattle’s Youth Soccer community.  Seattle United and its staff bring great leadership and vision toward player development as we continue to improve our Academy base.  This partnership also allows us to access the best available players in our region that are developing within one of the most-respected youth organizations in Western Washington.”

Steve Morrissey, Seattle United President, said, “We are all very excited about this partnership.  Sounders FC is a first-class organization to work with and this partnership shows a tremendous commitment to youth soccer in the area.  We are very thankful that Sounders FC has chosen Seattle United to be the Western Washington cornerstone for their partnership program.”

Jimmy McAlister, Seattle United Director of Soccer, said, “Seattle United is thrilled to partner with Sounders FC.  We are fortunate to be able to partner with the finest professional soccer franchise in the Western Hemisphere.  I am excited to get started with the creation of our new programming.”

About Seattle United FC:

Seattle United FC is a premier and select youth soccer club, and the official advanced affiliate of the Seattle Youth Soccer Association.  Founded in 2009, Seattle United has developed into one of the largest competitive youth soccer clubs in the United States, and now serves more than 2000 premier and select players in the Seattle area.  The club is dedicated to developing players to their full potential through a vertically-integrated, seamless soccer experience that offers year-round Premier and Regional Academy play, Advanced Training Program, and Goal Keeper training academies, with teams that compete in league and tournament competitions at state, regional, and national levels.  Seattle United is a registered 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization.

About Seattle Sounders FC:

Winner of the 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), Sounders FC is Seattle’s Major League Soccer franchise.  With an ownership group led by Majority Owner and Seattle-based entrepreneur Adrian Hanauer, Owner and Hollywood executive Joe Roth, Owner and Seattle Seahawks Chairman Paul G. Allen and fellow Owner and entertainer Drew Carey, the club received an MLS charter on November 13, 2007 and has reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in every year of its existence.  Since the club’s debut MLS season in 2009, Sounders FC has set the standard for soccer support in North America, culminating in the top seven single-season attendance totals in league history and an active streak of 122 consecutive MLS sellouts.  Prior to joining MLS, the Seattle Sounders organization has been a part of the greater Seattle community and U.S. Soccer professional scene since 1974.