SEATTLE, WA – As the offseason continues, the Seattle Sounders lose another key piece to their team. This time it is former VP of Soccer & Sporting Director Chris Henderson, who is taking a role with Inter Miami CF for the upcoming season after 13 years with the Rave Green.
Henderson, who was a longtime executive and original employee of the club, will be stepping into the role of Chief Soccer Officer & Sporting Director with Inter Miami CF. In his time with Seattle he oversaw 12 postseason births and the winning of 7 major trophies.
“Chris Henderson was the first person I hired to help build our soccer organization. He has been a massive part of Sounders FC since our club’s MLS inception and has been critical to our ongoing success,” said Sounders FC Owner Adrian Hanauer. “Chris will be missed for his contributions and for what he added to the culture of our club. But I am so happy and excited about the opportunity that awaits him in Miami. Chris deserves this chance, and we all wish him enormous success.”
Henderson is a local product out of Edmonds, Washington. He attended Everett’s Cascade High School, where he earned the 1989 Gatorade National Player of the Year Award. A UCLA Hall of Fame inductee in 2016, Henderson helped the Bruins win an NCAA championship and earned All-America honors in 1990. He would go on to be a Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team veteran.
“To my family, friends and the entire Sounders FC community: I extend my heartfelt gratitude for the support, kindness and inspiration you have shown me over the last 13 years,” said Henderson. “It has been great winning with you and sharing in the amazing success we have accomplished together. I am humbled to have had the opportunity to be a part of the esteemed Sounders FC legacy, working alongside some of the most talented and creative minds in Major League Soccer. To have this experience in my hometown has been an unbelievable blessing.”
Under Henson, the Sounders never missed the postseason and Seattle players were elected to the All-Star team 24 times. He was also responsible for bringing great talent to the club such as Clint Dempsey, Fredy Montero, Nicolás Lodeiro, and Raúl Ruidíaz.
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.