Sounders FC is exploring a potential USL PRO partnership with Phoenix FC, it was revealed over the weekend.
Chris Henderson was in Arizona recently to talk to team officials, and Seattle’s sporting director spoke with local media about it, too.
The Sounders are also considering having a USL PRO team locally, as Sunday’s reserve game in Tacoma against Orlando City, is a test of the neighboring market. It should be acknowledged that Real Salt Lake also has strong ties in Arizona, as noted by our good friend Jose Romero, who works for Phoenix FC.
Said Henderson (who was also scouting): “There are options in Washington. So there are positives to that. But there are also positives here in Phoenix as well. We’re looking at everything and then we’ll make a decision.”
You might remember goalkeeper Andrew Weber, who plays for Phoenix FC along with his twin brother and Amazing Race partner Elliot. Seattle’s preseason trialists Travis Bowen and Isaiah Schafer also play there.
Let’s get to some links:
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— First off, here are some deals for Sunday’s reserve game in Tacoma.
— Sounds like Robbie Rogers plans to come back to MLS this season but has no plans on going to Chicago, which holds his rights. One writer wonders how it would be received if the league gives him special treatment to go to the club of his choice.
— Also, Whitecaps midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker called his team “soft” over the weekend, Kei Kamara is returning to Kansas City this week after his loan with Norwich City expired (he will be available for selection Wednesday against the Sounders), and this Houston’s supporters group is openly crossing the line by using homophobic language on Twitter.
— The Washington Post takes a look at the early returns from the NWSL.
— Here is a season preview for the Kitsap Pumas.
— The Sounders are teaming up with The Met for a celebrity waiter night on May 14.
— Long-time O’Dea soccer coach Pat Raney got the feature treatment as he steps down after this season.
— Lastly, a referee in Utah has died after being punched in the face by a 17-year-old for issuing him a yellow card.