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Global Feb 14, 2016

Seattle Sounders FC enters youth partnership with Spokane SC Shadow

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SEATTLE, WASH. (Via Seattle Sounders FC) – Seattle Sounders FC has announced an affiliation with the club’s third official youth partner, Spokane Soccer Club Shadow. The largest youth soccer organization in Eastern Washington, Spokane Soccer Club Shadow joins Seattle United and North Carolina’s Twin City Youth Soccer Association as youth partners of the Sounders FC Academy in an organizational effort to expand and improve its youth development infrastructure through strategic partnerships with youth soccer organizations.

“In our effort to develop the Sounders FC Academy into one of the preeminent youth development systems in the country, it’s essential that we’re able to recruit the best players in our own region,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “The partnership with Spokane Soccer Club Shadow only strengthens the club’s presence in Washington and expands our reach to the eastern part of the state.”

With the partnership, Sounders FC will provide new programming, coaching education and unique interactions for SSC Shadow as an integral facet of the organization’s youth structure. SSC Shadow has grown continually and now includes approximately 1,000 competitive participants and an additional 3,000 recreational participants in conjunction with the Spokane Youth Sports Association. The new collaboration between the clubs allows for SSC Shadow players to be placed on Sounders FC Academy teams. The premier squads for ages 11 and up, now named the Spokane Sounders, will also feature distinct Sounders FC-related kits.