The Seattle Sounders youth development system has started paying increasing dividends at the club level in recent years, with several of the club’s up-and-coming young players making waves at the international level as well.
Having players named to rosters on the U.S. Youth National Team circuit serves a dual purpose: Getting those players experience playing with and against other elite players from their age group, while also giving club staff a degree of validation that their methods are getting recognition from the outside.
“I think it’s a testament to the coaches with the Academy on the development side that obviously players are getting recognized within their internal environment, but it’s always nice to see when the players are being noticed externally by national teams, GA Cup Best XIs and getting accolades outside of us,” Vice President of Player Development Henry Brauner told SoundersFC.com. “I’m glad we can contribute to the U.S. National Team, regardless of what level, what age, it shows that, again, external recognition is confirmation that we are happy to get it.”
With that in mind, here’s a brief round-up of prospects from the Sounders Academy who have been in action at the international level so far in 2022.