Not all of the Sounders preseason trialists are from the other side of the globe. Miguel Gonzalez went to high school in Yelm before playing for Peninsula College, Seattle University and Seattle Sounders U23, and he hopes to continue to play locally by earning a spot on the Sounders roster for the 2014 MLS season.
After spending two seasons putting up impressive numbers at Peninsula College, Gonzalez transferred to Seattle University and helped the Redhawks win the WAC and win a match in the NCAA men's soccer tournament for the first time since 1964.
Although Gonzalez wasn't taken in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, he was ranked as the 68th best player available in the draft by Top Drawer Soccer in addition to being ranked 47th in the nation among all college soccer players in 2013. In past years, he likely would have been picked in the supplemental draft, but MLS decided to discontinue the supplemental draft and add two rounds to the SuperDraft, removing 37 draft picks in the process.
Peninsula College: 2010 - 2011
In his freshman year at Peninsula, Gonzalez provided 15 goals and 4 assists, helping his team win the NWAAC title. He followed that up with 34 goals and 10 assists in his sophomore year, setting single-season and career goal scoring records at the school. In both of his seasons with the school, Gonzalez was named the NWAAC West Division MVP.
Seattle University: 2012 - 2013
In his first year with the Redhawks, Gonzalez started all 17 games, providing 4 goals and an assist in a season where not much went Seattle's way, as the team finished with a 3-13-1 record. How bad was it? His 4 goals were enough to lead the team in scoring in 2012.
As a senior, Gonzalez led one of the most improved teams in Division 1 men's soccer in 2013. Not only did he lead the team in scoring again, but he shouldered the load of offensive production. Between his 15 goals and 5 assists, Gonzalez accounted for nearly half of Seattle's 41 goals in 2013.
Gonzalez won the 2013 WAC Offensive Player of the Year award, in addition to being named to the All-WAC first team.
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