The Merced Soccer (Atlas) Academy is becoming the Merced Sounders on May 1, 2017. The Merced Sounders will become the third Official Youth Club Partner of the Seattle Sounders outside of Washington State. Seattle Sounders FC will provide coaching education opportunities, a unique, integrated curriculum and a direct pipeline for players into Sounders Academy. The Merced Sounders will cover an area stretching from Fresno to Sacramento, a driving distance radius of up to two hours. The Mayor of Merced personally presented a 2017 Seattle Sounders Alliance scarf to many of the players at their practice on Thursday.
This is a very exciting time right now at the Academy for the players and coaches! Some of the players will be getting the opportunity to travel to Seattle in June and the coaches will be flying to Seattle in July for some valuable soccer training with Seattle Sounders FC!
They are holding a contest within their academy right now. The academy players were asked to design and create a new logo incorporating their new name, Merced Sounders, and their new colors. The deadline is April 30th.
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