Friday, November 3, 2017
A third of the way into the season, former Shadow player Ray Serrano is currently leading the nationin goals in the U16/17 US Soccer Development Academy season for Seattle Sounders FC.
Serrano, a U16 player on the squad, has 11 tallies after nine games played and is one of only three 2002 players in the league's top 10 in goals. USSF DA Scoring Table [+]
Serrano, who spent his U12-14 seasons with the club before advancing to the Sounders FC Academy, previously this year made history when he became the first alum of the club to be called in to the US Soccer Boys' National Team Futures Camp in May. US Soccer Release [+]
In pursuit of improving U.S. Soccer’s longer term objectives for talent identification and individual development of young players, U.S. Soccer has called in a group of 64 players for a four-day camp that will focus on identifying the most talented players in the 2002 and 2003 birth years who appear to be on a later physical development path and/or are born in the second half of the year.
Serrano was called in as a midfielder for the 2002 birth year. As a member of the Sounders FC Academy U14 squad, Serrano excelled and also earned time with the U16 team. From SoundersFC.com: Serrano, born in 2002, signed the Sounders Academy U-14s from youth-club partner Spokane Sounders. After impressing in his own age group, the attacking midfielder was promoted to the U-15s and subsequently the U-16s. While playing for the U-16s in Generation Adidas Cup, he tallied a brace against San Jose Earthquakes and scored the Rave Green’s lone goal against Liga MX-side Chivas de Guadalajara.