Seattle Sounders Partnership and Pathway:
We are proud to be the only official partner club with the Seattle Sounders in the state of North Carolina. This partnership serves 2 fundamental purposes for our Elite Players
- Coach Development and Technical support: Our coaches and technical staff benefit from expertise from one of the best youth development programs in the country, and pass this curriculum and knowledge on to our elite players. In the Fall of each year, our clubs hosts the Sounder Academy Technical staff on a week’s coach education seminar. The seminar consists of player development initiatives, technical curriculum development support, along with scouting of top prospect Academy players. During the week the Sounder staff host training clinics where players can be coached first had by the Sounders Staff.
- Player Pathway to a Professional Academy and MLS team: Through the course of the year, NC Fusion’s most talented Development Academy players are monitored and scouted by the Sounder Academy staff for potential trial opportunity and offer of a position within the Sounder Pro Academy.
During the course of the 2018-19 Season we have had 2 top prospect Fusion Academy players invited to a trial with the Sounders Academy. Thomas Mancuso from the U14 Academy (2005) and Anthony Ramirez from the u15 Academy (2004) we both invited to train with the Sounders Academy program on trial. These opportunities highlight our pathway for the top players, and hopefully are the first of many to come. Not only was each trail a soccer experience for the players, both got see first-hand what it is like, and how hard it is to become a professional player.