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Sounders send 10 academy players to college

The Seattle Sounders have 10 of the 17 players on their U18 Academy team move on to the collegiate level

National Letter of Intent day opened on Wednesday and stays open for soccer players until August 1st.  Across the nation thousands of High School Seniors signed national letters of Intent, solidifying their commitment to play at the collegiate level. For the Seattle Sounders 10 of the 17 players on their U18 Academy team move on to the collegiate level. Since its inception in 2007, the USSDA Academy system has experienced unprecedented growth as a platform for college recruitment.

US Soccer published a list of 30 USSDA clubs that submitted college commitments for 2015. The MLS academies take the lead in the number of players signing letters of intent. These numbers could change significantly next year because of the new path to the professional ranks opening via MLS/USL connection. MLS teams will now look to push academy players directly into their second division USL Pro teams. The only other USSDA academy in Washington State is Crossfire Premier, and they also had 10 players sign letters of intent on Wednesday.

Top drawer soccer has live updates of all the signings nationwide.

Seattle Sounders FC (10):

Sean Bowman (University of San Francisco)

MacArthur Clarke (San Diego State University)

Ryan DeGroot (University of Washington)

Kasey French (University of Washington)

Khalil Ibrahim (Highline Community College)

Saif Kerawala (University of Washington)

John Magnus (University of Washington)

Tosh Samkange (University of Denver)

Ryan Schaefer (University of Denver)

Kees Westra (Marquette University)

Crossfire Premier (10):

Nathan Aune (Seattle University)

Jacob Bohl (Seattle Pacific University)

Alex Chung (Kenyon College)

Hassani Dotson (Oregon State University)

Kevin Duan (Kenyon College)

Ryan Hill (Haverford College)

David Kim (Kenyon College)

Joey Parish (University of Washington)

Luke Postma (Seattle Pacific University)

Greydon Saunders (Western Washington University)