SUMNER, WA— (club release) Guillermo Delgado and Michael Bajza will return to play for the Sounders U23 team in 2016. Delgado, who plays college soccer at the University of Delaware, led the Sounders U23 team in scoring in 2015 as the team went on to claim the 2015 PDL Western Conference Championship for the second time in four years. Bajza returns after transferring to the University of South Florida from North Carolina State.
Delgado finished the 2015 Sounders U23 campaign with 5 goals and 1 assist logging 32 shots in only 11 games played. A professional prospect, Delgado sits on many MLS scout short lists as a player with pace and scoring ability. At Delaware, Delgado was on the 2015 MAC Herman Watch List, finished 2015 as one of the nation’s leading scorers, and he was named as an All American for the third year in a row.
“Last season challenged me to really improve as a player, I am very excited to come back to the Sounders family,” explained Delgado, “I look forward to this new season which will represent the start of the road to a championship.”
Bajza will start his third PDL season with the Sounders U23 this summer after transferring to the University of South Florida for the 2015 campaign. Bajza played in 17 games for the Bulls after leading NC State in scoring in the 2014 season. Bajza was ranked in the top 100 recruits nationally by Top Drawer Soccer and ESPN Rise.
“I am very excited to be coming back to play for one, if not the best, PDL teams in the country,” says Bajza, “This team continues to produce professional players every year and I look forward to winning championships with this team.”
Both Delgado and Bajza have worked with Sounders U23 Head Coach Darren Sawatzky before.
“Guillermo scored some important goals for us last year and he is feisty and productive in the 18-yard box,” says Sawatzky, “I would expect to see him making money after his next college season. Bajza’s passing range is already at the professional level and as with each day we work here, we hope his talent continues to improve so we can help him get to that next level. We are happy to have both of them here with us this summer.”
Tickets and information for the Sounders U23 can be found at www.soundersu23.com. The Sounders U23 kick of the 2016 season with an Open Cup game on May 11th at Panther Stadium at Bonney Lake high school at 7:30pm.