Chris Henderson: A Journey From Youth Soccer to MLS

Chris Henderson currently serves as Technical Director for Seattle Sounders FC. His is a storybook journey beginning with his roots in youth soccer, to a national championship at UCLA, to U.S. National Team status and finally to MLS stardom.

Henderson began playing soccer at five and it was no surprise. He came from a family in Everett, just north of Seattle, where soccer was highly prominent.

His father Dick was his coach at Cascade High during his last two years. This is the same high school that also produced famous football coach Dennis Erickson.

The family included another prominent soccer player as well.

His brother Sean would be a teammate of Chris’ at UCLA.

Chris’ abilities obtained a berth for him on the U.S. Youth Soccer National Team. In 1989, the U.S. squad achieved higher honors than any that came before it.

Also on that team with Chris was a prominent player with whom he is now associated with th...

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