In a January 13, 2009 letter sent out by Parker Mason, President of the Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) to parents and select players, an introduction to a new way of organizing Seattle youth soccer is outlined. The working name "Seattle United" is given to a plan that sees neighborhood clubs funneling their top players through a single City of Seattle select system. (Select players are those who demonstrate above-average skills and wish to play the game at the highest level in their age groups.)
"By uniting all of select soccer under a common umbrella," says Mason in the letter, "we hope to strengthen our premier program and provide greater opportunities for players who strive for the highest levels. At the same time, we plan to strengthen the essential characteristics of our local and club-based teams and what they provide: an affordable select soccer experience, convenience to families, and a chance for every player to compete at their optimum competitive level."
Quite a way to embark on the 40th year of the SYSA.
Read my interview with SYSA Executive Director Ed D' Alessandro in the complete 'Seattle United' article over at Seattle Soccer Examiner.