Sounders FC Signs Six Tacoma Defiance Players to Short-Term Agreements

Host of players from club's USL team to be available for Wednesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match vs. Portland (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).

Josh Atencio, Alec Diaz, Azriel Gonzalez, Shandon Hopeau, Danny Robles, and Ray Serrano are set to take a step forward in their career path as the Tacoma Defiance players are available to be in the 18 for tonight’s Seattle Sounders FC versus Portland Timbers Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match.

Shandon Hopeau appeared in last year’s U.S. Open Cup match, playing 76 minutes. The other five players are receiving their first short-term agreement. In 2018 the six combined for four goals and three assists with Tacoma Defiance playing 3,713 combined minutes.

Name Age Defiance Starts Defiance Appearances Defiance Minutes Defiance Goals Defiance Assists
Shandon Hopeau 20 12 14 950 1 1
Azriel Gonzalez 18 10 14 923 2 2
Josh Atencio 17 9 10 811 0 0
Danny Robles 17 6 9 591 0 0
Alec Diaz 17 4 8 382 1 0
Ray Serrano 17 1 1 56 0 0

The six players were all part of the Sounders Academy.

Sounders press release

Sounders FC today announced the signing of six Tacoma Defiance players to short-term agreements ahead of Wednesday’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match against the Portland Timbers at Cheney Stadium (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+). Defiance players Josh Atencio, Alec Diaz, Azriel Gonzalez, Shandon Hopeau, Danny Robles and Ray Serrano are all eligible for selection by Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer for this evening’s match.

MLS clubs may sign players from their USL affiliate to short-term agreements (up to four-day contracts) for CONCACAF Champions League, AMWAY Canadian Championship, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and exhibition matches. An MLS club may sign a player to a maximum of four short-term agreements each season (maximum of 16 days). Sounders FC utilized this mechanism to add USL players for each of the last three season’s U.S. Open Cup fixtures.

Defiantly Tacoma

Sounders FC will take on the Portland Timbers at Cheney Stadium in the 4th Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup. For ticket information click here.