Sueno MLS - presented by Allstate: A young goalkeeper works with a coach in Seattle.

Sueño MLS presented by Allstate takes over Seattle

TUKWILA, Wash. -- One week after kicking off the sixth edition of Sueño MLS presented by Allstate in Texas, the dream continues for young aspiring soccer players: this time in Seattle.

More than 500 participants showed off their skills in hopes of landing their name in the list that will travel to Los Angeles for the final stage of the event.

Players arrived as early as 8 am Saturday morning at Starfire Sport’s Complex, in order to get in on the action. They then quickly went through a short but intense 11 v 11 match.

There wasn't much time to show your stuff, but a 14-yea- old native of Kenya caught the eye of the Seattle Sounders coaching staff. Handwalla Bwana, who now resides in Seattle, with his mother and younger brother, heard of the tryout through his friend and teammate with the youth club, Seattle United. and was pulled aside and praised for his unique touch on the playing field.

“I was a bit nervous,” said Bwana, who was one of the physically smaller players on the pitch. “I noticed that everyone else was bigger than me but I knew that I had to come here give 150 percent and just have fun and do what I know how to do on the field and hope that I can make it far in this event.”  

Bwana who thanks his father and uncle for his passion and dream of becoming a professional soccer player admitted that he's always wanted to play professionall.

“It’s been a dream of mine since before I could even talk. My dad who is still back home in Africa used to play soccer and is the only reason why I play. It’s the only thing we ever did which is why this sport has a special significance to me.” 

On the other hand, Freddy Montero Sr., the father of the Sounders striker and a talent scout for the MLS club and Washington Youth Soccer, referred 30 different players to Saturday’s tryouts and highlighted the importance of Sueño MLS, most of all for the good and rapid growth of US soccer.

“This is a special event, an opportunity, a door that has opened for the community of Seattle but most of all for young aspiring soccer players," Montero said. "I completely support this cause for the simple fact that it brings them a step closer to fulfilling their dreams of becoming a pro.”

Sunday Finalists

  • Jake  Johnston , GK
  • Hector Palos, GK
  • Armando Zuniga, GK    
  • Erik Lopez, D
  • Omar Hernandez, D
  • Jose Castro, D
  • Franco Solano, D
  • Cesar Ramirez, D
  • Edgardo Rodriguez, D
  • Rudy Aguilar, D
  • Andrew Drape, D
  • Manuel Gomez, M
  • Giovanni Sanchez, M
  • Orlando Diaz, M
  • Alejandro Hernandez, M
  • Edwin Tinoco, M
  • Brayan Brandon  Laurel, M
  • Oswald Ramos-Laguna, M
  • Jose Ramos, M
  • Juan Carlos Blancas, M
  • Cristian Talavera, M
  • Handwalla Bwana, M
  • Jose Brandon Gonzalez, M
  • Jason Rodriguez, F
  • Juan Lopez, F
  • Josue Grados, F
  • Herbert Cojulun, F
  • Edwin Sanchez, F
  • Arturo Hernandez, F
  • Giovanny Soto, F
  • Luis Alvaro Osornio, F
  • Daniel Luna, F
  • Orlando Guzman, F
  • Jose de Jesus Campuzano, F
  • Brian Linares, F
  • Ivan Marmolejo, F  

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