Sounders fall to Timbers in USOC

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.

2015 Starfire Spring Classic Recap

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!

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Game of the Week (5/17/15): FC SlapRichard vs Bangarang

This week’s GOTW was an intense semi-final battle between FC SlapRichard and Bangarang of our Tuesday Coed C Indoor soccer league. Heading into playoffs, SlapRichard held the #2 spot, while Bangarang sat at third. The goals flew on both sides of the field, keeping the match tight throughout. In the end, it would be Bangarang who nicked the 6-5 win over SlapRichard to advance to the finals. Bangarang’s keeper, Chris Reed, helped secure the win for his squad with numerous crucial saves–earning him the Man of the Match title.

S2 vs T2 Open Cup Recap

S2 secured their second extra time victory in US Open Cup play to advance to the 4th round over T2. The first goal of the match came in the second half when T2’s Rennico Clark pulled one back. Andy Craven would answer for S2 shortly thereafter to end regulation 1-1. Pablo Rossi nabbed the game-winner for S2 in the 13th minute of the first period of extra time. S2 will face Real Salt Lake on the road for the next round of US Open Cup play on June 17th.

S2 vs Kitsap Pumas Open Cup Recap

S2 faced off against the Kitsap Pumas in the 2nd round of Lamar Hunt US Open Cup play. S2 started strong, ending the first half on top 2-0 with goals from Victor Mansaray and Pablo Rossi. However, Kitsap came back strong, and leveled the score thanks to a brace from Mike Ramos–one of which came in the 90th minute. The late goal would send the game into extra time.

Pablo Rossi would score his second goal of the match early into the first period of extra time, bringing the score to 3-2 in S2’s favor. Andy Craven would add one more to the scoreline with an open-net goal in the final seconds. The 4-2 win will send S2 into the 3rd round against T2 on May 27th.

Game of the Week (5/3/15): Blue vs Cruzeiro

Blue and Cruzeiro of our Men’s B indoor soccer league gave us a real nail-biter for this week’s Game of the Week. Blue pulled ahead early, leading by 5 goals at one point. Despite this solid deficit, Cruzeiro managed a major comeback, and the game was tied 6-6 with minutes left to play. However, Blue secured the victory in the final stretch when Man of the Match, James Whitaker, slotted the perfect pass to his teammate, who found the back of the net.