Guest Interview: Darren Sawatzky

Current Title
Sounders FC & Washington Youth Soccer Director of Youth Development

Where and When Did You Start Playing
WA Youth Soccer when 6 yrs old with the Hornets of the Totem Soccer Club

First Coach
Tom Wykes (Totem Soccer Club)

Biggest Game
MLS July 20 1996 scored couple goals against DC United

College Attended
University of Portland (1991-1994)

Professional Clubs

  • Cascade surge
  • Unam Pumas (Mexico)
  • MLS New England Revolution (1996-1997)—during this time he also went to Lester City in 1996 for a 2 month training camp, but could not get a working Visa so returned (Kasey Keller played there too)
  • MLS Dallas Burn (1998)
  • MLS Colorado Rapids (1999)
  • Suwon Samsung (Korea)
  • Portland Timbers
  • Kansas City Comets
  • Seattle Sounders

How Sounders FC Have Affected Development of the Game
The partnership with WA Youth Soccer provides constantly evolving youth soccer programs for our elite player’s development including RTCs and ODP, and continues to offer development opportunities for all players & coaches.

Philosophy on Youth Development
Learning life lessons because there is more to the game than the sport itself. The development of our youth is a very important aspect as well.