OSA FC and NPSL alumnus Dylan Teves became a member of Seattle Sounders FC on January 11th after signing as a Homegrown Player.
“Dylan is a tremendous player as he showcased during his time at UW,” Seattle Sounders FC Senior Vice President of Soccer & Sporting Director Craig Waibel said. “It’s always a great day when we can add a local player to our squad. We are ecstatic to welcome his talents and can’t wait to see how he can help this team be the best it can be.”
Currently Teves is in camp with the Sounders, busily preparing for the upcoming MLS season. He is joined on the Sounders’ roster by two fellow NPSL alums: Crossfire Redmond standout Hal Uderitz, who was selected by Seattle with the 72nd overall pick in this year’s draft, and Alex Roldan, who played for PacNW-OSA FC in 2017.
Transitioning to the professional level has been an exciting move for Teves.
“It’s a whirlwind,” Teves said. “A little nerve-wracking, a little exciting, a little bit of everything, all of the emotions coming together at one time. It feels amazing to be part of this organization.”
Teves actually got his start with the Sounders FC Academy, joining their U-15 squad in 2015. The Kailua, Hawaii native would also go on to play for the academy’s U-16 and U-19 squads. The midfielder also made 12 appearances for Tacoma Defiance, which was known as Sounders FC 2 at the time.
Teves had a decorated collegiate career at the University of Washington that included a plethora of awards, including College Soccer News First Team All-America, United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team, TopDrawerSoccer Best XI First Team, United Soccer Coaches National Scholar Player of the Year, Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, First Team All-Far West Region, All-Pac-12 First Team, COSIDA Academic All-America First Team, and COSIDA Academic All-District honors. He was a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist during his senior year after being a semifinalist during the previous season.
UW men’s soccer head coach Jamie Clark was quick to praise Teves for his skill set and potential.
“Dylan is a dynamic player that can impact the game in a lot of ways,” Clark said. “He’s quick with the ball and can beat defenders off the dribble unbalancing defenses. He feels space well and can be a great link player in possession, and finally he has a great engine and can cover a lot of ground.”
Teves has experience in a variety of positions including holding midfielder and striker. He’s willing and ready to contribute anywhere on the pitch.
“For me I feel like the thing is versatility,” Teves said. “As long as I’m playing I’m happy. Wherever the coaches need me, wherever the team needs me, wherever I can make the biggest impact is the way I see where my position would be.”
Teves gained additional experience in the NPSL, playing in the Washington Cup for OSA FC. OSA FC head coach Juan P. Murillo was very impressed with his performance.
“We are extremely proud of Dylan,” OSA FC head coach Juan P. Murillo said. “He is very well deserving of all his accomplishments so far. We were very fortunate to have him in our squad representing OSA in the NPSL. He is a remarkable young man, on and off the field, and will have a lot of success in his life.”
OSA FC President Giuseppe Pezzano quickly recognized the immense potential that Teves possessed.
“Dylan showed us immediately that he had the technical capacity and the right mentality to play professionally,” Pezzano said.
Teves literally has had success at every level of the American game and is now ready for his biggest stage in MLS, playing for one of our country’s most iconic clubs. This is yet another example of OSA FC and the NPSL providing a direct pipeline to the pros.
Photo Credit: Sounders FC Communications/Lindsey Wasson, Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures, and MEL and Maddy from NW Sports Photography