Sounders U23 Announce Mercer Teammates

Sounders U23 bring in Bagrou, Antley, and Blackstock for the 2017 season

(Pending league approval)

The Sounders U23 team will bring in three players from Mercer University who are looking to use the Sounders U23 program to launch careers in the game as they prepare for their final season for the Bears.  


Will Bagrou comes to the Rave Green with a plethora of accolades and nose for scoring goals.   The former Real Salt Lake U17 Academy product was a MAC Herman Trophy finalist in 2016.


Bagrou Awards

2016 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
2016 NSCAA All-America Second Team
2016 NSCAA All-South Region First Team
2016 All-Southern Conference First Team
2016 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team
2015 All-Southern Conference First Team
2014 NSCAA All-Region Second Team
2014 College Soccer News All-Freshman Second Team
2014 Mercer Newcomer of the Year Award
2014 Mercer Offensive Player of the Year Award
2014 Southern Conference All-Tournament Team
2014 All-Southern Conference First Team
2014 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year
2014 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team
2014 Southern Conference Player of the Month (October)

Conner Antley brings a tough, hardnosed style of play to the back line for the Sounders U23.  The 6’1” 170lb Central Defender will look to lead from the back this summer.  Antley started all 21 games for the Bears in 2016.


Antley Awards

2016 All-Southern Conference First Team
2015 All-Southern Conference Second Team


Airrion Blackstock rounds out the Mercer teammates having started every game the past three seasons at Mercer.  The durable defender can play any spot across the back line.   Blackstock was ranked as a four-star recruit and the 20th-best prospect in the South Atlantic region according to Top Drawer Soccer coming out of high school.


Blackstock Awards

2016 Southern Conference All-Tournament Team
2015 All-Southern Conference Second Team
2014 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team


“With each season we look to find players looking to make the jump to the professional game,” explained Darren Sawatzky, Sounders U23 Head Coach and General Manager, “These three young men come to us with a desire to make that jump.   We will give each of them the opportunity to battle here as they hone their skill sets for the fall college season and beyond.”


The Sounders U23 kick off the 2017 campaign in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on May 10th with the draw coming on April 12th.  The PDL campaign starts May 19th versus the Portland Timbers U23 at Bonney Lake high school.  The full schedule and tickets can be found at www.soundersu23.com. Come see the future of professional soccer!


Sounders U23/Sounders Women

The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams are owned and operated by owners Lane Smith, Cliff McElroy, and Mike Jennings.

The Sounders U23 play in the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Sounders Women play in the WPSL.  Featuring current college age amateur players with former international and professional stars, both the PDL and the WPSL  provide elite amateurs the opportunity to compete while maintaining their eligibility as college student-athletes. Both the PDL and the WPSL are recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans throughout North America. The Sounders U23 team is the direct PDL affiliate to the Sounders FC first team and USL S2 team.


Sounders U23/Sounders Women VP/GM: Darren Sawatzky (Darrens@SoundersU23.com)  

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