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Seattle Sounders 2016 Trip Recap

Dates of Travel:

May 18-23, 2016


Travelers:

Brent Nunes and Gregory Sutton


Objective/Goals:

-       To gain an understanding of the Seattle Sounders organization in order to determine if their program is an option for our MUSC elite older U16-U18 players.

-       To allow Gregory to see first hand, the daily routine for their  U14-U18 academy players, as well as  having the opportunity to meet the first and second MLS team players and coaching staff.

 

Overview:

Day 1-

First team training session (Star fire Complex)

Lunch with first team players and coaching staff

Meeting with Marc Nichols (Academy Director)- Power point presentation on Sounders youth academy

Meeting with Sounders FC General Manager- Garth Lagway

Academy U16-U18 Team training session

Dinner with Junior Gonzales (Academy Head Scout, Seattle 2 Head Assistant)


Day 2-

MLS Sounders 2 Video analysis of their previous game with Sacramento Union with their coaches and players

Sounders 2 training session

Seattle Sounders 1st team video analysis with players and coaches in preparation for their upcoming match vs. Colorado Rapids

Seattle University visit for Gregory with staff (Nate Daiglon)

Dinner at Starfire complex with head scout Junior Gonzales


Day 3-

10am – U18 Seattle Sounders Academy match vs. Crossfire Premier

12:30pm- U16 Seattle Sounders Academy match vs. Crossfire Premier

1:30pm- Meet University of Washington Men’s assistant coach with Gregory

5pm- Seattle Sounders 1st Team match against Colorado Rapids (All access field passes)

Dinner- post match


Day 4-

Sounders 2 match against LA Galaxy

Dinner and final recap meeting with Junior Gonzales and Gregory

 

Overall Experience:

It was an amazing experience to witness first hand the operations of a professional organization, a club which is considered by many as the one of the top in the MLS .   The staff of Seattle Sounders treated Gregory and I as if we were one of their own.  The opportunity for our top players to move on and play for the Sounders is now definitely and option.   Playing for an academy like the Sounders would benefit our top players as they would have the opportunity to be seen by college and national team scouts on a weekly basis.   This platform also provides any player the opportunity to one day become a professional.   I look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the Sounders organization.

 

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