In recent weeks we’ve published press releases regarding personnel and coaching hires by Seattle United. Today we post the announcement of a merger between Seattle United and Seattle City FC.
SEATTLE UNITED RELEASE (February 5, 2010) – Bolstering its inaugural year membership and coaching staff, Seattle United, the advanced development (select and premier) soccer club for the 13,000-player Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA), today announced that the Seattle City Football Club has joined with the club effective immediately. The program brings experienced administrators, coaches and approximately 150 players into Seattle United. This further unifies youth soccer in Seattle and dramatically expands the scope of services that can be delivered.
Seattle United brings together all high-level citywide premier and select teams in Seattle and Shoreline under one club organization. In its inaugural 2010 season, all SYSA U11-U14 premier/select teams will be playing under the new, collaborative club.
Seattle City FC has chosen to join forces with Seattle United following a series of extensive exploratory meetings between the clubs over the past six months. After looking at options for its membership, the club determined that this path forward — towards unification — provides the best opportunity for its skilled players to grow, and that it is in the best interest of not only both clubs but all of Seattle youth soccer. The end result will be a significantly higher level of youth soccer services throughout the association, and a corresponding increase in skill and competitiveness of the city’s players and teams.
“Seattle City FC joining Seattle United makes the combined club bigger and stronger for our launch – it strengthens the ranks of our experienced, licensed coaching staff, letting us give Seattle’s youth players more attention to help get them to the next level”, stated Seattle United President Bret MacPherson. “Over the past four years, Seattle City FC’s founders, coaches and membership have been innovators in delivering development services to Seattle’s soccer youth — one player, one team, and one neighborhood at a time. They are an invaluable addition to Seattle United, and their passion and expertise will be immediately put to use as we embark on this journey together.”
Blue Arrows U-12, US Club Washington Cup Champions 2009.
“This is a great opportunity for Seattle City FC, both for the players and staff,” said Seattle City FC Founder Michael Hayes. “As Seattle United has grown from concept to reality over the past year, we have become increasingly comfortable that both clubs share a common vision. All of our teams — Blue Arrows for boys, and Seattle City for girls — have had many notable successes, including the U-10 boys winning last fall’s Puget Sound Premier League (PSPL) for their age and the U-12 boys winning the US Club Washington Cup in November playing against a very good Canadian team in the finals. We see joining Seattle United as a way to continue to develop our programs while serving the greater part of Seattle with our players and ideas.”
About Seattle United
Seattle United is the official unified advanced development (select and premier) club of SYSA. SYSA comprises sixteen member clubs that oversee soccer programs and a variety of play options for approximately 13,000 players in Seattle and Shoreline. Seattle United brings together all high?level premier “citywide” and regional select teams in Seattle and Shoreline under one club organization. In its inaugural 2010 season, all SYSA U11-U14 premier/select teams will be playing under the new, collaborative club. Any current SYSA premier/select teams U15 or older that wish to join Seattle United in its inaugural 2010 season may elect to do so.
This club represents an exciting new approach for Seattle’s youth soccer players, coaches and families. Seattle United’s core philosophy is one of collaboration and inclusion. The club organization is structured to provide the highest quality full service soccer experience for all its players, families, teams and coaches. Seattle United offer both high-level premier “citywide” teams and numerous select teams (grouped by geography) and provides top competitive play and training opportunities using regional options, seamless vertical integration, player mobility, and good governance principles. With collaboration and professionalism at every level, Seattle United is committed to developing youth soccer players to their fullest potential and to support this process throughout their development.
Over the past 12 months, SYSA and Seattle United introduced the very popular Development Academy which to date has trained some 600 Under-8 to Under-13 players. The Development Academy and the recently launched Center of Excellence are prime examples of Seattle United’s advanced training opportunities that are professionally coached, high quality, age appropriate, and can facilitate a smooth transition to select/premier teams for all capable and interested players. In addition, Seattle United’s governing board has been working with the state’s youth soccer leadership to ensure a smooth transition for our teams and players.
To learn more, visit www.seattleunited.com.
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