The Sounders U-23 celebrate after a crucial goal during 2012 (photo by Chris Coulter, SoundersPhotos.com)
Tacoma, WA – With two wins last weekend, the Sounders U-23 have won the Northwest Division’s regular season Championship. The Sounders U-23 have one remaining match on July 11, but have already clinched the top spot with 33 points from 15 games.
The Sounders U-23 will host a playoff match on Saturday, July 14th against the 4th seed from the NW Division (WA Crossfire). The Sounders U-23’s 33 points are one better than the Kitsap Pumas (32pts), who have played an additional game. The 3rd place team in the division, Portland Timbers U-23 (29pts), have one game left against the WA Crossfire, and are still in contention for the 2nd position. Crossfire sits in 4th place with 25 points. They will be the Sounders’ opponent on Saturday.
After the final matches determine the seeds under the Sounders, playoff games between the 1st and 4th place teams, as well as the 2nd vs. 3rd place teams will be played on July 14th. The winners of these games will head to the Western Conference Final Four.
The Sounders U-23 are technically in their first year as a re-branded organization. The NW Division title is the first championship for the Sounders U-23. However, the franchise, formerly known as the Tacoma Tide, was established in 2006. Under the Tide banner, the team earned back to back Western Conference Final Four appearances in 2007 and 2008. Led by PDL 1st Teamer and #5 pick in the MLS draft, Ciaran O’brien, the Tide won the 2008 NW Division.
Franchise Results – Northwest Division
2012 – Sounders FC U-23 – 1st place – 33pts (1 game remaining)
2011 – Tacoma Tide FC – 8th place – 8pts
2010 – Tacoma Tide FC – 3rd place – 30pts
2009 – Tacoma Tide FC – 7th place – 19pts
2008 – Tacoma Tide FC – 1st place – 34pts
2007 – Tacoma Tide FC – 2nd place – 32pts
2006 – Tacoma FC – 5th place – 16pts
For information on the Sounders U-23 playoff match on July 14th, see Sounders U-23 for match details.