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1v1 with Former Sounders U-23, Now Pro; Miles Byass

Miles Byass in action for the Sounders U-23 in the 2013 US Open Cup vs. Charlotte Eagles (

JIPPO is based in Joensuu. It plays in the Ykkönen, the second highest level of Finnish football. – 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. – 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. – 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.

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Sounders FC U-23The Sounders FC U-23 (est.2012) competes in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League (PDL). The Sounders FC U-23 are independently operated from the Seattle Sounders FC, under the ownership of Lane Smith and Cliff McElroy, with minority owner, Mike Jennings. The club is officially operated with a marketing, branding, and naming affiliation contract with the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders FC U-23 franchise has developed more than 15 professional players since the club’s establishment in 2012.