“And now, coming in to the game in the 77th minute, Ray Serrano.”
Those were the words that echoed through Cheney Stadium a week ago.
On March 16th, 2018 Ray Serrano Lopez ran on to the pitch as the final sub for the Seattle Sounders 2 (S2) in their USL home-opener against Portland Timbers 2. Serrano, only 15, made his professional debut as the youngest player to ever be signed to a S2 contract. His rise to USL is highlighted by time spent with Spokane Shadow, Eastern Washington Elite Player Development, and Sounders Academy.
Only two years ago Serrano was playing for his local club Spokane Shadow, competing in the Washington Youth Soccer Regional Club League (RCL), and participating in the Eastern Washington Elite Player Development (EPD) program. He established himself as a smart, skilled player in his local club of Spokane Shadow. After some successful development at the club, Serrano was chosen as one of the best 18 boys in Eastern Washington for the 2002 age group. He joined Eastern Washington’s EPD program and in January of 2016 while competing at the West Region ODP Championships in Phoenix, was selected to the Boys 2002 West Region All-Tournament team. In the summer of 2016, Serrano and his family moved to across the state to the Seattle area so that Ray could take advantage of his invitation from the Seattle Sounders to join their Development Academy.
Serrano initially joined the U-15 squad, but in a matter of months impressed the organization, and was moved up to the U-17 team. He then took the 2017-2018 season by storm, scoring 13 goals in 15 games. With such a strong start in the Development Academy season, Serrano became a regular in the U.S. U-17 National Team camps and signed a professional contract with S2 on February 13.
Ray is featured in our EPD Mixtape below.