Up next is Shandon Hopeau.
Over the years, Hopeau faced off against Portland six times as a professional and numerous times in the Academy. Playing against an organization so frequently breeds a certain familiarity.
“There’s not much to say about playing against Portland because we know what to expect.”
With the U.S. Open Cup rapidly approaching Shandon hopes to get the same nod as he did last year, when Seattle Sounders selected him to start against Sacramento Republic FC. Being selected is not just about building a resume, but furthering his career.
“It’s an honor; especially to play under such great coaches – Schmetzer, Gonzalo, Djimi – they’re such a great resource in this organization. I was proud to be a part of it.”
For all the fanfare about the Open Cup with the trophy on the line and the call to represent Sounders FC one of the biggest things for the young selectees is working intimately with the full coaching staff for a few days.
“The whole organization, every coach, helps me. When I come to training it is great to learn, to hear what they have to say, and improve from there.”
With Cheney Stadium hosting Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers Hopeau has another hope, not just one about his playing time. He hopes that this is a further reminder that there is soccer in Tacoma.
“It’s good for the city of Tacoma. I feel like it will bring more fans to our team.”
As it goes down in the South Sound the Defiance players selected will progress on their professional journeys. Our city will also progress on its journey as the home for soccer in the South Sound.
Seattle Sounders FC will take on the Portland Timbers at Cheney Stadium in the 4th Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. PT. For ticket information click here.