Seattle Sounders FC 2 haven’t gotten a lot of attention in Seattle’s traditional media over the last few years, but it looks like that might change with the addition of the Tacoma Rainiers’ promotional clout and savvy. On Sunday night, for the first time since their inaugural season, S2 were featured on Q13’s Q It Up Sports with Aaron Levine.
Head Coach John Hutchinson spoke with Levine about his and the team’s excitement at the prospect of playing a competitive match Friday after an extended preseason that began as long as six weeks ago for many S2 players. Hutchinson also reveals that S2 lost their preseason matchup against Timbers 2 in Portland 2-0, but states that S2 will be healthier when the two sides meet up this Friday. A bit of a funny anecdote is that former S2 Head Coach Ezra Hendrickson has been texting Hutchinson to remind him that Hendrickson never lost to S2’s rivals from Portland.
Levine then talked to Rainiers’ Media/Communications Manager Brett Gleason about the miraculous removable pitcher’s mound that was installed at Cheney Stadium to allow the stadium to more effectively host both soccer and baseball.
Near the end of the interview Hutchinson revealed some previously unknown information about Sam Rogers. The young centerback will be leaving the team after the season-opener to join up with the United States U20 team for a couple of weeks. This will leave S2 a bit short at the position but it is a great next step in Rogers’ development as a player, and specifically as a CB.
The segment also included some highlights of S2 play, which was pretty cool to see on broadcast television. The interview in its entirety can be seen on Q13’s website.