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Sounders Academy prospect Danny Leyva starts for S2, youngest player in club history to make professional debut

Sounders Academy central midfielder Danny Leyva will make his first professional appearance with Sounders FC 2 this evening in a road match against San Antonio FC. Leyva, 15, is the youngest player in club history to start a USL match, topping the record set by his teammate, Ray Serrano, earlier in the season. He’s also the second-youngest player in USL history to start match, behind Los Dos player Efrain Alvarez.

The Las Vegas native joined the club ahead of the 2017-18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season. His performances with the Rave Green youth teams earned him his first-ever U.S. Youth National Team call-ups to the U.S. U-15 side last season. A dynamic, intelligent box-to-box midfielder, Leyva’s development for both club and country has been widely recognized, as he now captains the U.S. U-16 national team.

“We’ve been really pleased with Danny’s development,” said Sounders FC Director of Player Development and Academy Director Marc Nicholls. “He’s a rangy midfielder that has an eye for goal – scores and creates goals – and is very capable as a defensive player and ball-winner as well. He’s a highly intelligent player and has a maturity beyond his years in terms of his decision making.”

Playing with both the Sounders U-15 and U-17 teams last season, Leyva compiled 11 goals and 13 assists across all competitions. The promising prospect began playing two-years up with the U-17s during the first round of Generation adidas Cup, where he scored a goal in a 2-2 draw against the LA Galaxy. He played a crucial role for the U-17s as the team went on to win the GA Cup and USSDA national championship.

Through five matches in the 2018-19 season, Leyva has tallied two goals and one assist for the U-17s.