Seattle Sounders FC will set a league record by starting five teenagers (players 19 and under) in tonight’s road match against Austin FC — adding to their tradition of playing the youth. The teens to start tonight include Josh Atencio (19), Ethan Dobbelaere (18), Danny Leyva (18), Reed Baker-Whiting (16) and Obed Vargas (15).
Sounders FC midfielder Obed Vargas contributes the most youth to this lineup, becoming the third-youngest player in league history to either start or play in a match (15 years and 351 days).
Seattle’s previous club record of teenagers to start a match came in their May 12 win against San Jose with both Leyva and Ethan Dobbelaere getting the nod from Head Coach Brian Schmetzer.
Due to injuries, international duty, and suspension, Sounders FC qualified for Extreme Hardship and announced this afternoon the short-term loan signings of Tacoma Defiance players Samuel Adeniran, Juan Alvarez, Obed Vargas and Alex Villanueva.
“Wade Webber (Tacoma Defiance Head Coach) plays the same system that we do so the players . . .