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Sounders U-23 in Sumner, North Thurston this weekend

Sounders U-23 shown in early season U.S. Open Cup match at Bonney Lake High School.
Sounders U-23 shown in early season U.S. Open Cup match at Bonney Lake High School. Staff writer

Here’s a preview from the club:

The Sounders U23 host two PDL Northwest Division teams from Oregon this weekend as the PDL season gets into full swing. Lane United will bring their undefeated record at 1-0-3 into Sunset Stadium in Sumner on Friday night June 3rd at 7:30pm to take on the Sounders U23 team currently at 1-1 after starting the season late due to Open Cup participation. The Sounders U23 will then turn around and play fellow MLS affiliate side, the Portland Timbers U23 team, on Sunday June 5th at South Sound Stadium next to North Thurston High School at 2pm.

Lane United comes into the match Friday with a strong defensive team having only given up three goals over 4 games. All three goals against came in a match with Portland Timbers U23 this past weekend with former Lane United striker, Tim Mueller, supplying a brace against his former team. Ismael Fernandez, Daley Stevens, and Vicente Mora Espinoza have all contributed goals early for Lane United and former Sounders FC Academy goalkeeper, Ben Willis, is manning the nets.

The Portland Timbers U23 team find themselves in unfamiliar territory with a record of 0-3-2 to start the 2016 PDL campaign. Loaded with talented players, the Timbers U23 squad will be looking to get into the win column against the rivals to the north in the annual game hosted by Black Hills Football Club. A pre-match clinic is nearly sold out and the crowd will again pack the stadium in the south end. Tim Mueller leads the Timbers U23 with 3 goals while Jordan Jones and Dakota Barnathan have each scored a goal. Barnathan has also contributed an assist and Collin Partee and Nils Leifhelm are sharing duties in the net.

The Sounders U23 will play nine games in June with four games at Sunset Stadium in Sumner. The PDL Northwest Division has put a team in the national semi-final for 6 years running with two national championships in that time and placing many players into professional contracts. Come check out the future. For tickets and information, check out