What is S2?
Seattle Sounders FC 2, also referred to as S2, is the wholly-owned and operated Second Team of Seattle Sounders FC. S2 began their inaugural season in March 2015, competing in USL. Internally, S2 is referred to as the Second Team, as it serves as a developmental tier between the Seattle Sounders FC Academy and First Team competing in Major League Soccer (MLS).
What is the relationship between Seattle Sounders FC, S2 and the Sounders Community Trust?
1) Seattle Sounders FC 2 is the wholly owned and operated Second Team within Seattle Sounders FC. The team began competing in the USL in the spring of 2015. Internally, Seattle Sounders FC 2 is referred to as the Second Team, as it serves as a developmental tier between the Sounders FC Academy and the First Team competing in Major League Soccer. The team is also referred to as S2.
2) In a truly unprecedented event, Seattle Sounders FC committed a 20% interest in S2 to a fan and supporter-managed organization called the Sounders Community Trust. The Sounders Community Trust is a charitable, non-profit organization that owns a 20% interest of the Seattle Sounders FC Second Team, S2, and aims to support access to soccer in our community in general. The Sounders Community Trust has the right to elect one representative to sit on the S2 Executive Board overseeing S2 operations, and vote on key S2 operational decisions.
3) As part of the launch of S2 and the Sounders Community Trust, Seattle Sounders FC created a Founders Club in partnership with the Sounders Community Trust. The Founders Club members are allowed to become members in the Sounders Community Trust with full voting rights, as well as a series of exclusive benefits from Seattle Sounders FC.
What are the goals of S2?
Development and community are the two aspirational pillars of S2.
Development – S2 strives to develop world-class players for the First Team by providing a consistent, competitive and meaningful professional environment in which our most promising Academy players may develop. S2 also functions by providing additional playing time for players returning from injury or staying fit and sharp for the First Team. Seattle Sounders FC believes that winning is learned and as such, players will benefit greatly from competing in USL matches in front of our passionate supporters at Starfire Stadium beginning in 2015.
Community – S2 aims to extend access to our players and teams to our supporters, as well as increase opportunities for fan involvement and influence. Examples of this include commitments to play in the intimate environment of Starfire Stadium, and offer members of the Sounders Community Trust voting rights. Further details on Starfire Stadium and the Sounders Community Trust are below.
What competitions will S2 play in? Who will they play? When is the season?
USL is the primary competition that S2 will compete in. USL is recognized as the Third Division of professional soccer in North America. In 2013, MLS partnered with the United Soccer Leagues (USL) allowing MLS clubs to affiliate with USL teams for the purpose of loaning players. MLS clubs benefit from providing players additional playing time in competitive environments, and beginning in 2015, MLS will mandate that every club either own or affiliate with a USL team.
There are currently 29 USL teams. During the past three years, the partnership between Major League Soccer and the USL has gone from strength to strength, on and off the field. This season, the number of affiliations between MLS and USL clubs as grown to 12 and the number of MLS clubs owning and operating their own USL club has grown from 1 to 8.
The current regular season is scheduled from March to September. The S2 will compete in 30 regular season matches, and have the chance to qualify for the USL Playoffs.
Where will S2 play?
Starfire Sports in Tukwila, WA is the long-time home and training facility of Seattle Sounders FC. S2 train at Starfire Sports and play all home matches at Starfire Stadium. Sounders matches at Starfire Stadium are both electric and intimate, and the club is excited to build upon our partnership with Starfire Sports.
How do you get to Starfire Sports?
Starfire Stadium is located at 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila, WA 98188. Visit Starfire Sports for more information on the Starfire Campus.
Will there be a loyalty program similar to the MatchPass?
For the upcoming 2016 season, S2 will have a MatchPass Rewards loyalty program for season ticket members. S2 season ticket members have the opportunity to participate in the MatchPass rewards program on their Sounders FC App or desktop computer. There will be match day experiences and merchandise available through ‘enter to win’ and ‘buy now’ options.