Photo by Tino Tran
An absolute terror in the air, the Seattle Rainmakers are proud to announce the signing of Sam Harkness for the 2013 MLU season.
Harkness has a decade of playing experience under his belt, and has an impressive litany of accolades already to his name: a WUGC Gold Medal in 2004 with the USA Junior team, a WUGC Silver Medal with the US Open team (Sockeye) in 2008, and most recently, the WUCC Silver Medal and Spirit Award with Sockeye.
Comfortable defending down field and cutting and handling on offense, Harkness has always been known as a freak athlete in the Ultimate community, but the skills he’s developed at the club level have turned him into more than just a human highlight reel. A relentless defender and lightning quick on offense, Harkness plays both sides of the disc aggressively and is always on the hunt for new victims to add to his poster collection.
Harkness is excited to bring the skills he’s developed with Seattle’s own Voodoo and Sockeye to bear in a professional setting. “I’m hoping to bring a lot of the mini skills I’ve been perfecting this off-season into play when the Rainmakers season kicks off. I think they’ll lend themselves to the fast pace we’re going to see in the MLU,” he says, only half joking.
General Manager Max Vitali is thrilled to add Harkness’s name to the Rainmakers squad: “Sam is a shining example of the types of athletes that the MLU is going to feature this season. He’s fast, aggressive, fearless and is one of the rare players that can play both ways on the field equally well. He’s shown that there’s not much he can’t do on the field and we’re beyond excited to see his continued development as part of the Rainmakers.”
We’re not sure yet where Harkness will end up position-wise, but with practices already in sight, we’ll know soon enough. Come out and support Harkness and the Seattle Rainmakers as they take on Vancouver at home on Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 pm.