The club will do some preseason training in Arizona, but before it arrives, there’s a major tournament involving its youth teams in Phoenix this month. Details:
The Sounders FC/Washington Youth Soccer ODP teams in the 1993-96 age groups for the boys and girls will head south to Phoenix for competition in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Championships from January 16th through the 19th.
The ODP regional brings the top state teams from Region IV together for competition to help select the regional and national team pools for the youth age groups. For roster lists and information regarding the teams and competition, please go to www.wsysa.com and look under “programs”. These players have been training and preparing for this competition since September of 2009.
“We look forward to showcasing the talent that exists in the Northwest and within Washington Youth Soccer,” said Darren Sawatzky, Sounders FC Director of Youth Development. “The partnership between Sounders FC and Washington Youth Soccer has fostered player development that will be evident during our competition in Phoenix.”
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From the team:
Brad Evans began participating in the U.S. National Team annual winter training camp in Carson, California on January 4. He will be excused from camp later for his wedding, to take place Saturday in the Southern California area. Evans, 24, is one of 30 mostly domestic-based players being called to U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center…The MLS SuperDraft is held in conjunction with the annual convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The 2011 NSCAA Convention will be held in Baltimore.