This week’s GOTW brings a close matchup and a lot of goals, as Legion of Bananas and Green River FC faced off in our Men’s 8v8 soccer league. Who do you think took home the W? Watch to find out!
For this week’s Game of the Week, Delridge Playaz and Reds Return faced off in their first match of their men’s indoor soccer league summer II season. Both teams came out of the gate with confidence. Watch the recap to see predictions from their players, and find out how the game ultimately finished.
News via Seattle Sounders Women/U-23
The Sounders U23 team has won the USL-PDL Western Conference Championship and will host the National Final Four championship this weekend at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. As part of this great event, Sounders FC has come on board to work with the affiliate Sounders U23 PDL side in offering a joint ticket for the weekend. Sounders fans can purchase a $25 ticket to the PDL semi-finals on Friday at 6pm and 8pm at Starfire Sports Complex and this will be accompanied with a ticket into the Sounders FC game versus the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night 7 PM at Century Link Field. The Sounders FC ticket must be picked up at Friday’s PDL semi-final match. You may also purchase a $10 ticket into the games on Friday and Sunday outside of this Sounders FC special deal. Ticket purchase is available at www.soundersu23.com. The direct link to purchase the $25 ticket to both events is http://sounderschamppackage.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139090305
The 2015 PDL Championship presented by Nike has the four conference champions converging on Starfire Stadium this weekend. Sounders FC U23, the host for the event, will be joined by K-W United FC, the New York Red Bulls U23 and the Ocala Stampede to determine the 2015 PDL Champion as the championship returns to the west coast for the first time since 2011.
The Sounders U23 claimed the Western Conference Championship on Saturday night as a goal by Jonathan Campbell earned a 2-1 victory against FC Tucson. The Sounders U23 last reached the national semifinals in 2012, when the side was led by current U.S. Men’s National Team player DeAndre Yedlin.
The Ocala Stampede return to the PDL Championship for a second consecutive season as Southern Conference champions, after taking a 2-0 win against the FC Miami City Champions to claim the conference title on Saturday. Lewis Hilton and Ricardo Diegues scored for the Stampede to send them through to the national semifinals.
K-W United FC advanced to its first PDL Championship on Saturday as it defeated defending PDL champions the Michigan Bucks. Ken Krolicki and Adam Polakiewicz each had a goal and assist for United in the victory, with K-W now aiming to claim the championship for the Great Lakes Division for the third time in four seasons (FC London 2012, Michigan Bucks 2014).
The New York Red Bulls U23 have reached the PDL Championship in their inaugural season in the league, as they dethroned defending conference champion the Jersey Express in Sunday’s Eastern Conference Championship Game. Joe Farrell scored late in extra time to give the Red Bulls U23 a 2-1 win against the Express, and a berth in the national semifinals.
2015 PDL Championship presented by Nike
At Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Wash.
Friday, July 31
Ocala Stampede vs. New York Red Bulls U23, 9 p.m. ET
Sounders FC U23 vs. K-W United FC, 11 p.m. ET
Sunday, August 2
Semifinal winners, 5 p.m. ET
The 2015 PDL All-Conference Teams will be announced later on Monday, as the week of build-up to the championship begins. The 2015 PDL All-League Team is set to be announced on Tuesday, with the finalists for the 2015 PDL Awards to be announced on Wednesday. The award winners will be announced at Thursday’s Championship Luncheon, part of the 2015 PDL Championship in Seattle, Wash.
Both the semifinals and the championship game at the 2015 PDL Championship presented by Nike will be streamed live on the PDL’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/USLPDL), with live updates also available through the league’s official Twitter account (@USLPDL).
We had an excellent turnout out for the 2015 Sounders FC Cup this past weekend! The teams were not the only thing making a boom – we even had a thunderstorm roll through Starfire on the final day! Regardless, everyone stayed cheerful and enthusiastic. Thank you to all teams that participated and congratulations to the champions!
Additionally, thank you to all those who participated in our Soccer Skills Challenge! With over 100 kids participating, our winners were up against some tough competition. Congratulations to Ariana Daniel (GU13), Brendan Nicol (BU13), Ashlynn Hall (GU13+), and Cameron Caladretto (BU13+) who took home the 1st place prizes! If you are interested in obtaining video of your challenge participation, contact Skillshow at 206-652-1288 or [email protected].
Did you attend the Sounders FC Cup? Let us know how we did by filling out our 2015 Tournament Evaluation.
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A big thanks to all the teams who came out to compete at the 2015 Seattle Cup, and a big congratulations to all the champions! Download the final results.
Quite the high-scoring game for this week’s GOTW! Both teams in the Men’s C North indoor soccer league put up some impressive goals on the scoreboard, but ultimately FC Toyota maintained their 3-goal lead to secure the win.
It was a battle of the colored animals in this week’s GOTW! White Wolves and Orange Iguanas faced off in our coed rec 8v8 soccer league. In this meeting, reptile topped wolf and the Orange Iguanas snagged the 5-2 win.
Sounders fans an players are likely still reeling from tonight’s US Open Cup match. After a nineteen game winning streak at Starfire Sports, Sounders FC fell to the Portland Timbers in the 2015 US Open Cup. The fourth-round matchup saw a lot of early contact, and not a lot of action at either goal line. At the half, there were 0 shots on goal and 15 fouls in the books.
The opportunities picked up in the second half, and it felt like we might have a game on our hands. Portland took the lead in the 48th minute, and the Sounders gained momentum and created a number of solid challenge. Despite being down to 10 men after a second yellow card for Evans, the Sounders tied things up in the 79th minute when a corner kick from Lamar Neagle made its way to Obafemi Martins, who knocked it home. However, the beginning of the end for the Sounders would come shortly thereafter.
In the 87th minute, Obafemi Martins took a bad step and was escorted off the field on a stretcher. Adding insult to actual injury, the Sounders had made their final substitution of the match a mere 3 minutes earlier. This left the squad down to nine men as the final minutes of regulation time wound down. They were able to hold on to send the match into overtime, but they would be facing significant hurdles to make the comeback.
In the 100th minute, Portland would take the lead when Wallace scored the eventual game-winner off a deflection. The Sounders worked to mount a comeback, but those dreams were squashed when a questionable red card was shown to Micheal Azira in the 112th minute, causing an uproar from Clint Dempsey that resulted in two yellows for. This left the Sounders with seven men on the field. The team continued to press, but the 3rd goal from the Timbers in the 116th minute would be the final score of the match. The Sounders fall 3-1 as the Timbers advance to the 3rd round of US Open Cup Play.
The Starfire Spring Classic was a fantastic kick off to summer tournament season at Starfire Sports. The weather was perfection, and the campus was buzzing with thousands of youth soccer players out to show their stuff. A big thank you to all who came to compete, and congratulations to all our champions!
Did you attend the Starfire Spring Classic? Let us know how we did by filling out our 2015 Tournament Evaluation.
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