SEATTLE (April 4) – Two former Seattle University men’s soccer student-athletes have signed professional contracts for the 2017 season. Kyle Bjornethun and David Olsen will both play in the United Soccer League (USL) this season.
Bjornethun has signed with the Portland Timbers 2 and Olsen will play for Seattle Sounders 2. The USL is an affiliate of Major League Soccer (MLS).
“When we’re recruiting, the kids want to know if they can get to the next level,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “Kyle and David are setting a new benchmark for our program. It’s important in the recruiting process to be show people that we have players going to the next level.”
The pair squared off on Sunday at Starfire Stadium, with Sounders 2 winning, 2-1. Both players started the match.
Bjornethun was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He signed with “T2” in March and started for the side in the season opener on March 25. He played 88 minutes on defense in a 2-1 loss to Real Monarchs SLC.
Olsen, a member of the Sounders’ Academy, signed with Seattle last month. In the “S2” opener on March 26, he played the entire match up front as Sacramento Republic FC won 2-1.
Bjornethun started all 85 matches in his Seattle U career. He was a two-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Defensive Player of the Year, earning All-WAC First Team honors twice. Bjornethun also won WAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman and helped SU advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2015.
Olsen had a terrific career as a Redhawk. In 2015, he led the nation in goals with 16 goals as SU won the WAC, hosted an NCAA Tournament game and went to the Sweet Sixteen. Olsen was an NSCAA First Team All-American, along with All-WAC First Team. This past season, he scored four goals and dished out four assists.