Serrano turns pro at age of 15 with Sounders' USL team

Ray Serrano, a 15-year-old midfielder, became the latest player from the Sounders FC Academy to turn pro and join S2, the Seattle Sounders' USL team that will play out of Tacoma in 2018.

Serrano, who was with the Sounders' first team for preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, had 17 goals and six assists in 17 games for the Sounders' U-17s, who have a 15-1-2 record in the Development Academy. He is also a member of the U.S. U-17 national team.

He originally played for the Spokane SC Shadow before joining the Sounders' academy at the age of 14. The Sounders now have a partnership with Spokane SC Shadow and operate its premier level program.

“Ray has been with the academy for a couple of years now and we are happy he is a signing for the long-term,” Sounders FC director of player development Marc Nicholls said. “He is a creative, dynamic player with a fierce desire to work and compete. Our Academy staff rates him very highly, and a big part of that is his first-rate character and appetite to learn and improve. Credit must also be shared with our club partner, Spokane Sounders, for his development and identification.”

Other academy players who have signed with S2 include Shandon Hopeau (19), Sam Rogers (18) and Azriel Gonzalez (16). Rogers was also with the Sounders' first team in Tucson.

7 comments about "Serrano turns pro at age of 15 with Sounders' USL team".
  1. Ric Fonseca, February 14, 2018 at 11:54 p.m.

    CONGRSATULATIONS AND FELICIDADES to Ray Serrano!!!  As an educator, I trust that you will finish your schooling and get some college work in between pro-games and get your college degree!   And also, let's hope that US Soccer and the new head honchos, will keep close tabs on you and you don't pack and run to the country of your or your parents birth as has been the case of late, but IF that turns out to be the case, all the best!  Just the same, we are ALL cheering and ROOTING FOR YOU 

  2. frank schoon, February 15, 2018 at 10 a.m.

    I hope his influence on the game is not one of hustle, fight, but one of finer technical qualifications.
    In other words, I hope his coaches at the AD are of Hispanic origin who understand and prefer the technical aspects ,instead of some gung ho types who prefer foam on the mouth. It is here where a player like Hugo Perez or this type would be excellent for his development.

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, February 15, 2018 at 6:50 p.m.

    He is with a professional club youth academy. It might be playing in the DA with amateur player status, but he is not playing for an amateur club now.

    Who the club youth team plays any given week doesn't define the club's development process. The Sounders coaches include a lot of area coaches, but also include a Mexican, a Frenchman, and Preki. So the nationality of the coaches is not a roadblock. 

  4. frank schoon replied, February 15, 2018 at 8:21 p.m.

    Bob, I'm glad Preki is there and I hope the other coaches you mentioned  likewise are of midfield type not defender type

  5. Right Winger, February 15, 2018 at 3:31 p.m.

    Kind of interesting how all of a sudden we see these MLS teams signing "HOME GROWN TALENT".  Think there is a little pressue out there for MLS to start contributing to the success of youth soccer.  I just hope the kids they are binging up are the right ones.  Best of luck to all of them.

  6. R2 Dad, February 16, 2018 at 4:46 p.m.

    This kid is going to be the litmus test for development in this country as it relates to MLS. 15-18 is THE critical time for development. If he manages it, he will be getting regular minutes with the Nats. If he stalls &/or doesn't get the minutes because "he's not big enough" or some other such tripe, he will be written off as another freddy adu. I hope he stays healthy and succeeds--we need about 20 more just like him.

  7. frank schoon replied, February 16, 2018 at 5:23 p.m.

    R2, this is why it is so important that he has the right people directly advising him as I mentioned above.
    I don't know what they have planned for this kid or how they will go about conducting his development. Thus far I have not been impressed for ,after all, the better ones will go to Europe to learn. I'm seriously having my doubts with the hispanic talent here as far development . Let's face it the reason we want Hispanics to succeed is because they bring something extra to the game in way of technique and not physical or brawn. The problem is that our training and coaching methods have neutered the hispanic talent ,for the only nice hispanic talent that show the nice technical skilll level are those we bring in from South or Central America, not from here. And this is why I state that is important to see who overlooks this talent......

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