“I grew up watching the Sounders. I went to games when I was little, and I would always tell my mom ‘that’s where I want to be one day, I want to play for the Sounders, my home team’, and to have it happen is great.”
Sam Rogers is a month shy of his 19th birthday and has already put together an impressive soccer resume. A Seattle, Washington native, he played for Eastside FC in the WA Youth Soccer Regional Club League (RCL) and credits the club for preparing him for the future, “We had a great coach who liked to play good soccer, [the club] helped me develop my skill and become a smart player which made the transition to academy easier.”
Rogers also praised WA Youth Soccer’s Elite Player Development (EPD) program for helping him mature on and off the field, “I really enjoyed EPD, it was very fun. The talent, coaches, and professional atmosphere were all great. Being a part of the program required discipline even at a young age, and our coaches held us accountable.” Sam eventually closed out his EPD career in 2013 with a US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championship and made the All-Tournament team.
He spent the last of his youth career playing in the Seattle Sounders Academy where he eventually captained the U-18 team. After being a regular standout in the academy, he was signed to a Seattle Sounders 2 (S2) contract on June 13th, 2017. In only his second year with the team, Rogers is currently captaining the S2 squad and recently came back from Spain where he joined the U-20 U.S. National Team camp prepraing for the 2019 World Cup Qualifying cycle.