SOUNDERS FC AGREES TO YOUTH PARTNERSHIP WITH NORTHWEST UNITED FC
Northwest United becomes Sounders FC’s eighth official youth partner, expanding the Rave Green’s reach north
SEATTLE, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC today announced its latest youth agreement with Northwest United FC. Previously known as the Skagit Storm, Northwest United has been at the core of the Pacific Northwest soccer community for years and, in the past decade, has grown into one of the largest clubs within the Pacific Northwest. The club serves players from Skagit, Island, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties, with over 30 participating teams.
The official partnership with Sounders FC allows Northwest United players and coaches unique opportunities such as education, an exclusive, integrated curriculum and technical support, ID camps and more, while Northwest United serves as a scouting base for Sounders FC Academy programs, identifying young, high-level talent north of Everett, Washington through to the Canadian border.
“We take a lot of pride in the strength of our academy,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “We’re pleased to add Northwest United FC as an official partner, which only adds to our ability to find and train the best up-and-coming talent, which benefits our organization as a whole.”
Going forward, all Northwest United teams will wear official Sounders FC partnership badges on training and competition kits. In addition, the Northwest United junior academy is being renamed the Northwest United Junior Sounders Program, and the U9/U10 teams will benefit from the use of Sounders curricula, training sessions, high level coaching and competition to prepare them for opportunities to be identified for the Sounders Discovery Program.
“Throughout the years, Northwest United has always been dedicated to providing our players with the best opportunities and high-level coaching,” said Kristian Powell, Director of Coaching at Northwest United. “Our success in that area led us to an informal relationship with the Sounders in terms of player recruitment and providing players for their academy in the past, so we’re thrilled to now become an official affiliate. This allows us to further the potential of our players to an even greater degree, preparing them for the high standards of professional soccer, as well as building the administrative side of our club.”
“We are delighted to add NWU as our most recent club partner,” said Sounders FC Director of Player Development/Academy Director Marc Nicholls. “We share the same ideas regarding player development and the promotion of talent, as well as the impact of soccer from a community aspect. With the direction of Kristian Powell and a progressive board it is no surprise that NWU has grown from strength to strength.”
Going forward, Northwest United FC will be releasing information in the upcoming weeks with what opportunities and events we will have with the Seattle Sounders FC. Everyone in the club is delighted and proud to have our club identified as a partner to help develop our youth players and community.
ABOUT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Winner of the 2016 MLS Cup, 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 Seattle-based entrepreneur Adrian Hanauer, Hollywood executive Joe Roth, Seattle Seahawks Chairman Paul G. Allen and entertainer Drew Carey, the club received an MLS charter on November 13, 2007 and has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in every year of its existence. Sounders FC reached a milestone in 2016, as the franchise claimed its first MLS Cup championship with a road victory over Toronto FC, which was followed up by a second consecutive berth in the league championship in 2017. Since the club's debut MLS season in 2009, Sounders FC has set the standard for soccer support in North America, leading the league in attendance for eight consecutive seasons (2009-2016) and routinely ranking in the top 30 in attendance among all team internationally and top three within the Americas. 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.