Thursday, March 16, 2017
Sounders U23 and Sounders Women sign on with Bootstrapper
The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams have signed on with Bootstrapper Studios to broadcast the home game schedules for each team in 2017. Bootstrapper is well known in the area having broadcast the Seattle Reign and S2 games over the past few years.
As the game of soccer grows in the United States, so too does the developmental pyramid that feeds the growth of the professional game. For nearly two decades, the Sounders Women have helped produce professional and national team players including Rose Lavelle who most recently played for the US Women’s National Team after playing the 2015 season for the Sounders Women. The Sounders U23 have helped produce more than 60 professional players and will continue the Player First Initiative this summer with another crop of top amateur players looking to make the jump.
Broadcasting games via webstream through Bootstrapper Studios makes sense for each of these players as coaches from across the country can now tune in to watch the future professionals if they are unable to make games. This opportunity also gives the parents and friends of the top players playing amateur soccer a chance to see these young guns compete during the summer as they prepare to make the jump to the next level.
“Adam and the Bootstrapper team have been incredible in helping us put together a package that makes sense for our business,” said Darren Sawatzky, General Manager for Sounders Women and General Manager and Head Coach for Sounders U23, “With the ability for players to be seen in real time across the country, it further expands the reach and exposure for these kids. Bootstrapper is a great asset to our local teams and we are fortunate to be working with them.”
Bootstrapper Studios has been working in the Seattle soccer community since the 2013 inaugural season of NWSL and the Seattle Reign. They have produced 4 seasons for NWSL, are entering their 3rd season with USL, and have broadcast multiple Open Cup games and press conferences for the Sounders.
“Bootstrapper Studios is excited to announce that they've teamed up with Sounders U23 and Sounders Women this year to provide streams for each home game,” said Adam Wygle, Bootstrapper Studios.
With the excitement of the coming seasons for Sounders U23 and Sounders Women, schedules and tickets can be found at www.soundersu23.com and www.sounderswomen.com. The Sounders U23 will kick off the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on May 10th with the opponent to be determined and the Sounders Women open against Vancouver on May 27th. Let the games begin!
Sounders U23/Sounders Women
The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams are owned and operated by owners Lane Smith, Cliff McElroy, and Mike Jennings.
The Sounders U23 play in the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Sounders Women play in the WPSL. Featuring current college age amateur players with former international and professional stars, both the PDL and the WPSL provide elite amateurs the opportunity to compete while maintaining their eligibility as college student-athletes. Both the PDL and the WPSL are recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans throughout North America. The Sounders U23 team is the direct PDL affiliate to the Sounders FC first team and USL S2 team.
Sounders U23/Sounders Women VP/GM: Darren Sawatzky (Darrens@SoundersU23.com)