The Seattle Sounders announced Monday the addition of Troy Perkins as Academy goalkeeping coach and Wade Webber as U-15 head coach, the former confirming his retirement in the club release following a 10-year career in MLS and a single season in Seattle.
Perkins, 33, retires 10th all-time in Major League Soccer in wins with 75 and appearances with 217. The Ohio native was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2006 while with D.C. United and made four appearances for the Sounders in 2015.
“It’s a tough decision to make when in your heart you want to compete. You see the field and that’s what you want to do,” Perkins said of retirement in the release. “An opportunity presented itself that provides stability and Seattle’s a great place for my family. We wanted to stay here. An opportunity with the club came up that I couldn’t pass up.”
Webber, 48, has spent the last seven years as the Director of Coaching for Washington Premier FC, amassing a record of 596-183-126 including four state titles while with the local youth club. Webber played professionally for more than a decade, suiting up for FC Seattle and the USL Sounders in the 1990s. A native of Renton, Webber attended Thomas Jefferson High and played collegiately at the University of Portland.
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“I am excited to be joining the Sounders FC Academy staff,” said Webber. “My conversations with Marc Nicholls and Garth Lagerwey have convinced me that the club has not only the ambition to create the best youth development system in North America, but with the support of ownership, there is also a long-term vision and plan for making that happen. I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to join the staff working to make that vision a reality.”
Webber has a USSF A coaching license and a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle U. He has also served as a radio analyst for Sounders broadcasts since 2012.
“Finding the right people to develop our Academy players is important to the long-term success the club,” Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said in the release. “Troy brings a wealth of domestic and international playing experience and can pass on what it means to be a professional, while Wade’s career as a player, coach and teacher in the Seattle area makes him a great choice to lead our U-15 squad. It’s always exciting to add a couple of ex-Sounders and we look forward to seeing what they bring to our Academy.”