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Sounders Academy players pick their colleges

This just in from the club:

Twelve members of the Seattle Sounders FC Academy Under-18 team have committed their futures to collegiate soccer programs. The National Letter of Intent signing period began on February 5.

Among those that have signed a NLI, Paul Christensen, a goalkeeper who participated in the U.S. Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., has committed to play at Portland. Five players have chosen to stay in state, including Henry Wingo (Washington), Garrett Barber and Marcus Tinsley (Western Washington), and Ben Willis and Fischer Gallinger (Gonzaga). Three players will play collegiately in California while three others will play on the East Coast.

Along with developing talent for the Major League Soccer club's senior team, the Sounders FC Academy also strives to develop young men to maximize their educational options.

List of Seattle Sounders FC Academy Under-18 Commitments Seyi Adekoya (Forward, Lakeside): UCLAGarrett Barber (Defender, Mount Vernon HS): Western WashingtonSatoshi Chaffin (Forward, Rogers HS): Santa ClaraPaul Christensen (Goalkeeper, Woodinville HS): PortlandJustin Crichlow (Defender, Meadowdale HS): HarvardFischer Gallinger (Defender, Gig Harbor HS): GonzagaDuncan McCormick (Midfielder, Seattle Academy) : Wake ForestDavid Olsen (Forward, Thomas Jefferson HS): San Diego StateMarcus Tinsley (Defender, Todd Beamer HS): Western WashingtonMatt Reinikka (Defender, Henry Jackson HS): DavidsonBen Willis (Goalkeeper, Federal Way HS): GonzagaHenry Wingo (Forward, Shorecrest HS: Washington