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About Us

The Sounders U23 (est.2012) competes in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League (PDL). The Sounders U23 are independently operated from the Seattle Sounders FC, under the ownership of Lane Smith and Cliff McElroy, with minority owner, Mike Jennings. The club is officially operated with a marketing, branding, and naming affiliation contract with the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders U23 franchise has developed more than 20 professional players dating back to the club’s previous iteration as the Tacoma Tide in 2006.

The Premier Development League, the top U-23 men’s league in North America and features 64 teams across the United States and Canada. The Sounders U 23 are coached by Darren Sawatzky, Sounders FC director of youth development, and will begin play a May to August season.

The Sounders U23 plays in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference. PDL teams play a 16-match, regular-season schedule.

The Sounders Sounders U23 will play their home matches in Pierce County