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Young Sounders to watch in the NCAA championship

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There may be no more Sounders in the MLS playoffs, but we can still watch The Future as they vie for an NCAA title.

Jordan Morris, courtesy of Stanford
Jordan Morris, courtesy of Stanford
Stanford

The bracket is set for the men's NCAA Soccer Championship, with plenty of young Sounders academy talent to keep an eye on in the 48-team field over the next month.

Jordan Morris with Stanford is of course the rising star to watch, but there are nine other academy products on five teams with a chance to win it all. For extra local pride, support Seattle University as they look to complete their return to glory under coach Pete Fewing. They have been ranked in the top 10 this season for the first time in the school's history.

Unfortunately the University of Washington and its seven Sounders didn't receive a bid into the tournament for the first time in four years. They finished a close third in the tough Pac-12 conference behind UCLA, but the season finished with disappointment after earning just eight wins.

You can find the big bracket right here. The two semifinals and the championship game will broadcast on ESPN U on Dec. 11 and 13.

These are the teams and Sounders to watch (A story from earlier in the season has a few more details on some of these players):

UC Santa Barbara

Brandon Brockway - Senior, center back with 12 appearances this season

UCLA

Adeseyi (Seyi) Adekoya - Sophomore, forward, 12 goals, 1 assist in 18 appearances

Seattle U

Austin Sweeney - Senior, midfielder, 5 appearances

Kyle Bjornethun - Junior, defender, 4 goals in 21 appearances

Sam Langston - Junior, defender, 2 goals, 6 assists in 21 appearances

David Olsen - Sophomore, forward, 15 goals, 1 assist in 21 appearances

University of Denver

Jordan Schweitzer - Senior, midfielder, 1 assist in 18 appearances

Tosh Samkange - Freshman, defender, 1 assist in 13 appearances

Ryan Schaefer - Freshman, forward

Stanford

Jordan Morris - Junior, forward, 8 goals, 2 assists in 13 appearances