Last season, Seattle Sounders Academy players seemed scattered around the country, with only a handful local. This year, there are many more in the Greater Puget Sound, with three each committed to the University of Washington (Coach Jamie Clark), Seattle University (Coach Pete Fewing) and Western Washington (Coach Travis Connell). Talking to Academy Technical Director and Sounders U-23 Coach Darren Sawatzky, that could shift, as a few players are still undecided.
There's probably about four more guys that, within the next two weeks, will announce and add them to the list. A couple of them will go out of state, as well. It seemed a little scattered last year, but in reality, once that entire senior class chooses the schools they want to attend, we'll have a pretty good scattering again this year.
At this point there are 14 commits; here they are ordered alphabetically by school:
Bucknell: Jesse Klug
Denver: Jordan Schweitzer
San Diego State: Keenan Townsend
Seattle University: Joe Mancini, Justin Solomon, Austin Sweeney
Stanford: Aaron Kovar
University of Washington: Dom Dismuke, Michael Gallagher, Ian Lange
West Virginia: Nick Raskasky
Western Washington: Austin Curtis, Kurtis Pederson, Sawyer Preston
For those interested in tracking Academy Alumni, it will be much easier this season, and not just because of the new Sounders U-23s.
Below the fold you will find the UW Women's Soccer Commits and when their Men's side is finished (they are also waiting on a few players) that will be added.
Isabel Farrell, Midfielder, Interlake HS, Bellevue, WA
McKenzie "Jammer" Karas, Defender, Arbor View HS, Las Vegas, NV
Allyson Brahs, Defender/Midfielder, Corona del Mar HS, Newport Beach, CA
Falon Miller, Forward, Arbor View HS, Las Vegas, NV
Victoria Burns, Goalkeeper, Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, CA
Berkley Gamble, Defense/Midfielder, Fairview HS, Boulder, CO
Charlotte "Charlee" Garcia, Midfielder/Defender, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, CA
Katey Fawcett, Defender, Mission Viejo HS, Mission Viejo, CA
For more details on the UW women's team you can check their website with comments from Coach Lesle Gallimore about each player.