Sounders Women, U-23 Men Sign Numerous Washington Youth Soccer Stars
Washington Youth Soccer alumni dominated the ranks of the initial signings released by the Seattle Sounders Women this spring, while three more signed on with the Sounders U-23 men.
Headlining the signings by the Sounders Women were a quartet of Crossfire Premier alumni, including midfielders Lindsay Elston and Isabel Farrell, forward Allie Beahan and defender Annie Sittauer. All four developed through the Washington Youth Soccer system before teaming up at the University of Washington, while Elston and Farrell have also been capped by the U.S. U-20 National Team.
The Sounders Women also added a touch of Washington Youth Soccer to the team’s coaching staff, hiring Zahra Lechak as the club’s new Assistant Coach. The Puget Sound native and a former Sounders player herself, Lechak holds a USSF “A” Coaching License and currently serves as a Washington Youth Soccer Elite Player Development (EPD) Head Coach, scouting and developing players for the for future U.S. National Team consideration. Lechak is also the Girls Youth Director/Head Coach for Seattle United.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to work with the Sounders Organization; Lane Smith, Jon Billings, Lesle Gallimore and Hubert Busby Jr., to continue the traditions of Sounders Women soccer,” she said. “The Sounders Women gave me a place to play at a high level throughout my college- and post-college career. Now, I am able to give back to this wonderful organization and help the current players get to the next level.”
Not to be outdone, the Sounders U-23 team also added three Washington Youth Soccer alumni, including Darwin Jones (University of Washington/Sounders Youth Academy/Washington Premier FC), Aaron Kovar (Stanford/Sounders Youth Academy/Emerald City FC) and Nick Raskasky (West Virginia/Sounders Youth Academy/Crossfire FC).
Check out full schedules, ticket information and more for the Sounders Women here. To learn more about the Sounders U23 men, click here!