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Sounders 2 Player Profiles: Academy players

A ranking of the first Academy players to suit up with S2 and when we should expect to see them on the field again.

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Sounders 2 is supposed to be a place to develop young talent getting them ready for MLS minutes or weeding them out before they get there. In any case, it gives the Sounders roughly an extra 10-20 roster spots to test out players and with the amateur rules for the USL, the Sounders Academy will get plenty of exposure with S2. The first year only saw six Academy players with substantial minutes but that should grow as the team learns how to work S2, S1, and the Academy altogether.

Unlike the other's, players under 100 minutes still made the list as most had USOC minutes as well or at least deserve mentioning because well not too many Academy players get this opportunity.

N/A- Nicholas Hinds, John Magnus, RJ Noll and Handwalla Bwana

These three didn't even add up to 75 minutes, they'll contribute with the Academy and in college for sure but this year wasn't the year.

#6 Tosh Samkange-

Two appearances with one start but nothing really stood out in his 97 minutes on the turf. He has a future for sure but nothing wow'd us this year. He started this year at the University of Denver, so likely he won't be back for a few years with either the MLS or USL side, but he should continue to be a contributor for U-Denver.

#5 Kasey French-

French had four appearances and one start, playing even less minutes than Samkange with only 82. He ranks higher purely because of the more appearances and not because he did anything better or worse than his fellow defender.

#4 Diego Silvas-

Silvas subbed in, seven times, for about 150 minutes. Playing typically out of the midfield, he never scored a goal or assisted in a match but definitely added an extra dimension in the midfield. Silvas doesn't graduate till June of 2016 meaning we may see him again this year before he goes to college. Watch for where he signs, he'll likely take off in college even if he doesn't show it with S2 yet.

#3 Lim Choong Sil-

He started three matches and appeared four other times a sub. He played almost exclusively at left back for the Rave Green and but was inconsistent. Some matches he looked like he fit in and would give Andres Correa a real fight for the position and some moments he looked like it was his first time on the field. He'll become more consistent with more time on the field but it is unclear when/where he'll be getting that. His future is unclear and he didn't do enough to earn an S2 contract for this season.

#2 Lorenzo Ramos-

Best field player of the Academy products and like Lim started three matches. Most minutes (382), most appearances (14) and most shots (2). Okay that last one isn't really a selling point since all of them were midfielders or defenders, but still Ramos was the most significant contributor of the outfield players. It's unclear what his future is but if he isn't going to play in college he deserves a long look with S2 again.

#1 Saif Kerawala-

Two games. One win. One draw. One shutout. That's just in USL play for the Academy Keeper. Pretty much the whole time Kerawala was out there he looked better than Charlie Lyon. Kerawala will not be back after going to the University of Washington starting last fall, though he did not play a single minute (almost all minutes were taken by Ryan Herman) he will likely next season. I would expect to see Kerawala train with the club and the U23s to keep his minutes up and to be eligible for an HGP contract when he's ready to leave school.

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