Stanford is doing quite well in the early college season. They're doing it with and without Jordan Morris. By now you probably know that Morris is likely to become a Sounder, but on his own time. He has all the hype, but here are a few other Seattle Sounders Academy players that you should pay attention to this year.
The UCLA forward was merely a backup to Morris, Olsen and Kalamar while in the Sounders Academy. He's now one of the top scorers in NCAA Division 1 soccer. He just won Pac12 Player of the Week with four goals in three games. Seyi may stay at school for the long haul as he decides between Chem and Neurosciences.
At University of Portland Christensen just shut out the UW in 120 minutes after shutting out Oregon State in 90. Both programs were top 10 at the time of the result. Paul was a US U17 player. Portland also has a strong history of producing professional keepers.
"Something like the last six keepers have gone pro. When you're looking at a school like that you can't ignore that fact."
IPH just returned to play with Highline. Since the 2014 season with the local CC the midfielder did well. He was one of the last Academy alums to not sign with S2 after a strong preseason with the USL side and he won a US U23 amateur championship. His 2014 with Highline was an impressive 8 goals and 13 assists when he help the college win the NWAC Championship.
He's a central midfielder who regularly wears the armband no matter which uniform he wears. The senior has missed only two games for Denver in his 3.5 season career. He's a box-to-box or defensive mid who manages games well. Schweitzer is helping the Pioneers to a 8 ranking.
University of Washington
There are a gob of alums here, some more ready than others. Pay particular attention to senior keeper Ryan Herman, senior midfielder Ian Lange, senior midfielder/defender Micheal Gallagher. The underclassman most likely to show promise to leave early to join S2 would be winger Henry Wingo. There are four other Academy alums as well.
Pete Fewing has the Redhawks streaking. They are back in the top 25 with Kyle Bjornethun earning the National Player of the Week helping Seattle U beat OSU and UW. Fewing also has former Morris partner at forward David Olsen. Both have three goals on the season so far.
There are dozens of players scattered around the country as well. One of them could rise up and enter the conversation as well. Your time is not infinite. Focus on these ten players and one of them will probably be the next Sounders HGP that is not named Jordan Morris.