Sounders FC U-23 have partnered with University Place Soccer Club (UPSC) for the May 24th match against Kitsap Pumas SC at Curtis High School, in University Place.
UPSC will serve as official match-day hosts, whereby they promote the match through their club network, social media and club contacts. The UPSC teams that sell the most match-day tickets will be selected to serve as ball kids for the match and walk stride for stride with the Sounders U-23 for the pre-game walk-out. Additionally, a UPSC member will perform the national anthem, prior to kickoff.
Uniform Coordinator and Girls U-13 Head Coach for UPSC, David Hunter, said, “Our community is very proud of our stadium, and we’re happy to share such a great venue with the Sounders FC U-23. It's an honor to have our community chosen for this event and we are hopeful this partnership will become a lasting tradition. The University Place Soccer Club motto says it all: “University Place is a great place to play soccer!”
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Club members will be provided with promo codes to use for online ordering, and the Sounders U-23 will donate proceeds back to support the youth club’s efforts.
In 2012, Sounders FC U-23 were pleased to partner with Franklin Pierce Soccer Club and Blackhills Football Club as match-day hosts with great success. The U-23s will continue the tradition of partnering with the local community this coming season.
“It is incredible to see all of the options local players have at all ages compared to when I was in college,” said Sounders FC U-23 manager, Darren Sawatzky. “The relationships the smaller clubs have with the youth clubs helps to build the game and we are excited once again to partner with some great people in our community and to continue the growth of soccer in Washington.”
David Hunter said, “One important goal I set for my players is to become students of the game. They are encouraged to watch live or televised matches and follow teams or players whom they admire. The Sounders U-23 and Sounders Women rosters include tangible examples of local individuals who set goals for themselves and earned positions at one of the highest levels of soccer in the country.”
UPSC is a non-profit organization that sponsors approximately 50 teams, serving over 600 soccer-playing kids and their families from University Place and surrounding areas.
David Hunter added, “My hope is that every player in the University Place Soccer Club will come support their team, see the players up close, and find themselves inspired to set their own goals for excellence.”
Please visit www.SoundersU23.com for more information on the partnership and other Sounders U-23 info.