S2 reached the playoffs in its first season, falling to Colorado Springs in the first round. But a point of emphasis in Year 2 is a greater focus on youth development.

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Keep those numeral rosters close if you’re making the trip to Starfire Stadium in Tukwila on Friday night for S2’s 2016 USL season opener against the Sacramento Republic.

For all the talk of continuity and establishing a consistently flowing pipeline, the inaugural season of the Sounders’ minor-league team was characterized by steady turnover above all else.

Coach Ezra Hendrickson estimates that the team cycled through 44 players in 2015, and only a handful of holdovers from last season remain.

“We’re going to try to have a little bit more consistency, because I think with a little more consistency, we can better develop players,” Hendrickson said. “That’s what S2 is all about.

“I love the position. I love helping the club grow by working with the younger players. But as a coach, you find out one day before, two days before that maybe a first-team player might need minutes, or the Academy is off and some of those guys need minutes.”

Of the S2 regulars, keep an eye out for No. 97, Myron Samuel once he returns from international duty with St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The 23-year-old forward made just one appearance in 2015 but packed a season’s worth of intrigue into less than 45 minutes of game action.

Samuel scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist before breaking his foot in his club debut against Colorado Springs. He was named USL Player of the Week for his trouble, and the club announced an extension of his contract last week.

Samuel hopes to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Oalex Anderson, who parlayed a strong inaugural season with S2 into an MLS contract with Seattle.

“We see (Samuel) as a player who is going to be on the first team sooner rather than later,” Hendrickson said.

Other players to watch include Homegrown Player Jordan Schweitzer and MLS SuperDraft picks Zach Mathers and Emir Alihodzic.

Another point of emphasis in Year 2 is a greater focus on youth development, even if it comes at the expense of wins — though Schweitzer notes the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

“We still want to win games,” Schwietzer said. “At any level, you want to continue to grow and develop as a player. But nothing changes. You’re still trying to win games.”

S2 reached the playoffs in its first season, falling to Colorado Springs in the first round. But the team occasionally leaned on older players than it might have liked, given the program’s overarching mission, which partially explains the heavy offseason roster churn.

The team also will shift into a 4-3-3 formation to mimic the MLS Sounders’ offseason shift, streamlining positions and roles for players who get the call up.