Sounders FC U-23, formerly the Tacoma Tide, have partnered with the Sounders FC to serve as a development platform for the
Sounders FC first team. They compete in United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League, the top U-23 men’s league in North
America and features 64 teams across the United States and Canada. The Sounders FC U-23s will be coached by Darren Sawatzky,
Sounders FC director of youth development, and will begin play a May to August season.
The Sounders FC U-23 plays in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference. PDL teams play a 16-match, regular-season schedule.
Sounders FC U-23 will be operated by Puget Sound area business leaders Lane Smith and Cliff McElroy, who purchased the former
Tacoma Tide FC and Sounders Women franchises in November. The Tide, who will now be known as Sounders FC U-23, has been a member
of the PDL’s Northwest Division since 2006.