Six Seattle Sounders Academy products — five of whom are still in the organization — were named to three different United States youth national teams on Friday. Only FC Dallas (six) had more active players named to the various teams and the Philadelphia Union were the only other team with as many as five. All three teams will be training together from Jan. 4-13 in Florida, with three matches scheduled amongst each other.
Headlining the list of Sounders players are three who are already signed to professional contracts with S2: Sam Rogers (U-20), Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (U-17) and Ray Serrano (U-17). Sam Fowler (U-19) and Blake Malone (U-19) have also played for S2 as Academy players, but have not signed professional contracts. Trey Muse — the Indiana goalkeeper who is Homegrown Player eligible — was also named to the U-20 team.
A seventh local player was also named to the U-19 team, as Crossfire product and current Seattle University player Declan McGlynn will also be competing.
The U-20 team is in the midst of preparations for this summer’s U-20 World Cup, while the U-17 and U-19 teams are preparing for the the upcoming Concacaf Championships, which serve as World Cup qualifiers for those age groups.