Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Sounders U23 to play OSA in 1st round of Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
The Sounders U23 team will face the Olympic Soccer Academy (OSA) in the first round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on May 10th at Seattle Memorial Stadium. Kick off for the game will be 7:30pm. Winner of the 1st round match up hosts Reno 1868 FC of the USL in the 2nd round on May 17th.
For the third time since inception in 2012, the Sounders U23 will compete in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. In 2013, the defending PDL Western Conference Champions fell to the Charlotte Eagles of the USL in Charlotte, North Carolina after advancing to play professional competition. The 2015 run in the cup stopped at Kitsap SC after dispatching Outbreak FC from the USASA ranks in California.
OSA is a NPSL team playing primarily out of French Field in Kent, Washington after playing games in Pierce County during the 2015 NPSL season. The 2016 NPSL NW Conference Champions will look to build on a successful 2016 season with the addition of former PDL club, Kitsap SC joining the NPSL along with FCM Portland, PDX FC, Pierce County FC, and the Spokane Shadow. OSA is coached by Paul Aur and Giuseppe Pezzano is the owner of the team.
“The Open Cup is always an honor to be a part of and we will look to create an entertaining game against OSA as our college players make their way here in May,” said Darren Sawatzky, Sounders U23 Head Coach and General Manager, “OSA has done well in the NPSL and we look forward to the competition.”
To find the PDL schedule and purchase tickets to the Sounders U23 regular season, go to www.soundersu23.com.
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)