Josh Atencio is a young and talented midfielder who joined the Sounders academy in 2016 and made his professional debut in 2018 with the club's USL affiliate at that time, Tacoma Defiance. He signed a homegrown contract with the first team in 2020.
Atencio has 83 appearances for the Sounders. In the 2023 season, he scored his first goal with the club and became a regular starter. He signed a new four-year contract with an additional year as a club option. Also, he will now wear the number eight jersey.