Seattle Sounders U23 opened their 2018 Premier Development League (PDL) season with a road trip, followed by two home matches in one weekend. The young guns look strong and seem willing to gut out results. It will be interesting to see what gut they have in upcoming matches with Calgary, but before we get to that lets look at their early results.
Seattle started the PDL season with a trip to Springfield, Oregon to face Lane United FC on May 20. Lane scored first and carried that lead into the halftime break, but Seattle found the net three times in the second half to claim the points, with Ozzie Ramos opening his account between a pair of goals by Santi Patino.
Seattle then hosted TSS Rovers in their home opener as part of a double-header with the Sounders Women (who won resoundingly twice on the weekend, 10-0 and 11-0). Seattle scored early in the first half thanks to Nicolas Brodacki. A clever passing sequence found Brodacki finishing off a pass from Patino. After the halftime break, Seattle scored a second; once again Patino earned an assist, but this time Scott Menzies found the net. Sadly, Seattle lost focus over the final five minutes and conceded twice to split the points with the Rovers.
On Sunday, the Sounders hosted Lane United, and this time the defense had figured each other out. Lane United scored first and carried that lead late into the match. Seattle would need to gut out a result at home. Things were starting to look dim, but deep into stoppage time Leeroy Magurashe found space and the ball, and after it pinged around some he was able to slot home the equalizer at the death.
After three games where does the team need to improve?
We have much work to do. As with any PDL season for our club, we start over, so [there is] much work to do.
Which players have surprised you and the coaching staff?
Both strikers are MLS quality but need to keep working. Both Patino and Brodacki have a chance at the next level.
What other team has been the biggest surprise? Why?
No teams are really a surprise. Calgary is gearing up for pro soccer so have loaded their roster. Portland is as advertised, and every team in this division is tough and develops players.
Last time we spoke you talked about how the team needs to bond. how have they bonded, and how much work still needs to be done?
You have to help them understand each other quickly. This is a nice group of people and a good group of players. Transition has been easy but we need to work every day on our relationships.
Division Standings (W-L-D; full standings can be found here)
- Calgary Foothills FC — 3-0-1, 10 pts
- TSS FC Rovers — 2-1-1, 7 pts
- Sounders FC U23 — 1-0-2, 5 pts
- Lane United FC — 1-2-1, 4 pts
- Timbers FC U23 — 1-2-1, 4 pts
- Victoria Highlanders FC — 1-4-0, 3 pts
Seattle travels to Victoria on Friday night for 6:35 PM kickoff. This will be Seattle’s first trip to Victoria since the Highlanders defeated the U23s at the tail end of last season. Then on Sunday at 2:00 PM, division leading Calgary visits Sunset Stadium in Sumner for the first of two visits. Come on out and see the future of soccer in Seattle.