Miles Byass in action for the Sounders U-23 in the 2013 US Open Cup vs. Charlotte Eagles (CharlotteEagles.com)
JIPPO is based in Joensuu. It plays in the Ykkönen, the second highest level of Finnish football.
SoundersU23.com – What does this mean to you, to sign your first pro-team contract?Miles Byass – It’s a long awaited start to my career, and I hope to get the best out of this season and see what I can make out of the first contract and professional opportunity.
SoundersU23.com – How did playing with the Sounders U-23 aid you in your career?Miles Byass – Playing with the Sounders really helped me in being in a professional environment. [Coach] Darren's expectations day in day out helped me in seeing what I needed improvement on.
SoundersU23.com – What role did the U-23s play in your career path to the pros?Miles Byass – I would say Darren [Sawatzky] as a coach really helped carve the pathway to being a professional. He's a great coach with heaps of knowledge on the game that really helped me mentally.
For updates on Miles and to see other professional alumni from the Sounders U-23, see http://www.soundersu23.com/roster/Alumni/index_E.html.