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Jun, 2020



SEATTLE, WASH. – Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC today announced it has signed midfielder Shandon Hopeau, an alumnus of Hawai’i Rush. Hopeau is the 16th Homegrown Player singing in Seattle’s club history.


“We are proud of Shandon’s success, and now his massive accomplishment of signing a First Team professional contract,” said Rush Soccer national technical director and Hawai’i Rush technical Director Arian Hoxha. “We are so pleased to see a Hawai’i Rush player - especially such a special kid, like Shandon - achieve his dreams in this game, and we can’t wait to see his continued growth.”

The Kapolei, Hawaii, native played with his local Rush Soccer club until 2015, when the then-17-year-old left home to begin his professional career with the Sounders FC Academy in 2016. He was a key attacking piece of the U-17/18 squad that finished third in the USSDA National Playoffs. After making a pair of USL appearances in 2016, he signed a professional contract in March of 2017 with Tacoma Defiance, where he scored three goals in 45 appearances in 2017-2018. 

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Hopeau is coming off a 2019 USL season in which he recorded career-highs in goals (5) assists (4) and starts (25). The Kapolei, Hawaii native made his MLS debut on September 7 of last season at Colorado, logging 32 minutes as a substitute after agreeing to a Short-Term Agreement after Sounders FC qualified for Extreme Hardship (when a club has less than 14 outfield players or has fewer than two goalkeepers available). He played a full 90 minutes in both of Tacoma’s matches in 2020 prior to the suspension of play, leading the club with five shots and three shots on goal.

“Shandon has performed well in his time with the club and I’m looking forward to officially bringing him into the squad,” said Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. “We have a talented crop of young players on our team, and I’m excited to see the energy they bring when we return to play in Orlando.”

Major League Soccer last week announced its schedule for the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando next month. Sounders FC will play its first match of the Florida-based competition on Friday, July 10 against the San Jose Earthquakes (10:30 p.m. ET/ ESPN, ESPN Deportes), followed by scheduled fixtures against FC Dallas on Wednesday, July 15 (9 a.m. ET / ESPN, ESPN Deportes) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Monday, July 20 (10:30 p.m. ET / TUDN).


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