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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Sounders Women 3:1 Pali Blues

90+:  Full Time from Starfire. Sounders dominant in 3:1 win over the pali blues and move into a share of the second spot.

90+: Sounders' Jane Mitchell off the crossbar in stoppage. One post remaining...

75: A cheeky backheal from pali's lauren fowlkes in the 72nd saves some blues' pride. Sounders 3:1 pali with 15min to play

67: Jocelyn charette off the left post in the 67th as the barrage continues

63: TARAAAAAAAAAAAWRA!!!!!! 3:0 in the 63rd after a T.Pulse PK slams home!

57: Kelly irving with back to back goals in the 52nd and 54th minutes. Sounders 2:0 pali blues. And another near score in the 57th

45: Dominant first half by our ladies yields many chances but no fruit. Keep this up and 3pts are looming. Sounders 0:0 pali. Half

00: Kickoff on the beautiful new FieldTurf here at Starfire and our girls immediately begin pressing forward.  Should be a fun one tonight!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kick the Blues Friday

Our ladies are looking to rebound from their first loss of the season Wednesday night, and need to do so against the Defending Back-to-Back W-League National Champions ('08, '09). The Pali Blues, however, are struggling to finish games at the moment and haven't earned three-points since the second game of the season.

Last Thursday, we let 2 points slip at Pali after seceding a late equalizer.

This is a huge game for our girls that will allow us to grab a share of the second spot atop the Western Conference table and make a run deep into the playoffs.

Including Friday night's affair, the girls only have 3 home games and one road trip to Vancouver (in Victoria) remaining.  **If you'd like to go to Victoria, shoot me an email**

Come on down to Starfire Friday night and make it a great prefunk for the Nats Saturday!

**Remember 20% off all orders at MAD Pizza for ECS Members**

See you in the Terraces!

Vancouver Letdown

The Final from Pitch #2 at Starfire:  Sounders 1:3 Vancouver.

A hearty thanks to everyone who came out tonight; it was a long, emotional day for all of us.  From the 4 and 5am wake-ups to beat traffic & make it up to the AC & scream your lungs out for our USMNT during a 91-minute tease that would be crowned with eternal jubilation.  It will be a morning we never forget.  Unfortunately, the evening will be one easy to remove from memory.

The Vancouver side showed its quality early with some beautiful combinations, led by star striker Jodi-Ann Robinson and sure-footed midfielder Sophie Schmidt.  It led to forward Amy Vermeulen netting off a rebound in the 7th minute.

As our backline settled down and the midfield began to gain some form, a free kick from 30yds out was awarded to Vancouver.  Dangerous, certainly, but nothing our girls couldn't handle.  The players in the box jostled for position, Sounder defender Beth Drollinger was held by a Whitecap forward Melissa Tancredi, as Drollinger broke free, the whistle was blown and a PK was awarded to the Whitecaps.  ...Shocking, really, it was simply not deserved; physical play should be expected at this level and a foul was not committed by either side.  It was a sad decision by a referee who clearly did not have his best night tonight.

Vermeulen slotted the PK home for her second tally of the night and our ladies, down 2, had a very large hill to climb.

The pace of the match was mainly dictated by Vancouver, but our ladies mounted increasingly dangerous chances as the final hour progressed.

In the 80th minute, Vancouver closed the door with a beautiful strike from Kara Lang, who entered the game as a sub early in the second half.

Our ladies fought on and created their best chances of the match during the final 10 minutes.  Midfielder Jocelyn Charette found the net when she slammed the ball past Whitecap keeper Siobhan (Shavon) Chamberlain after a mad scramble in front of the net.

The English keeper in green had a good night; saving the desperate and dangerous attacks from our ladies heading toward the final whistle.

All-in-all it was a disappointing affair.  That bogus PK made things incredibly difficult for our ladies against a side with as much quality as Vancouver's.

Friday, our girls do battle with the Pali Blues in search of 3pts and a share of the second spot atop the Western Conference.  Come on out again and bring a friend; ONLY THREE REGULAR SEASON HOME GAMES REMAINING!

See you in the Terraces!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Monday, June 21, 2010


What do the US Men's National Team have in common with our Lady Sounders?  A refined ability for the draw.

Our Women return home from a tough road trip against the perennial powerhouse Pali Blues (2-1-2) and newcomers Santa Clarita Blue Heat (0-2-1) with another pair of non-decisions.

That's right, 5 straight draws to begin the season.

One can easily look at this start to the '10 campaign with either the glass-half-empty or half-full point of view.  On on hand, our ladies cannot seem to close the door on clearly subpar teams to the likes of Santa Clarita, the Colorado Rush, or the Force, who each have yet to notch their belts this season.  However, earning a tough point, on the road, against a formidable Pali side, is no small feat indeed.

So where does this put our ladies?

Well, we're undefeated with the heavy road trips behind us. We sit a mere three points behind 2nd place Pali with 4 of our 5 remaining matches at home.

So, no wins, yet our future remains ours to decide, much like the USMNT in South Africa.

Wednesday is critical for both teams.  The US must defeat Algeria to control their own destiny and our Women have a critical home match against arch-rival and table-topping Vancouver; a big chance for our ladies to prove themselves amongst the W-League elite and begin their climb back atop the Western Conference.

Let's make sure there is a lot of support Wednesday night as the ladies do battle on Field #2!  See you on the balcony at MAD Pizza!

Info about MAD Pizza:
- The balcony has been reserved for ECS Members (& guests)
- The balcony is All-ages (so bring your little 'uns & their little chops)
- You will have to pay game entrance to access the balcony, but the view won't be beaten in any W-League stadium.

See you in the Terrace ...errr, Balcony.  THREE POINTS LADIES!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ball Boys in the Balcony!

Well, there has been an exciting development with the upcoming match against the WhitecRaps next Wednesday.  Starfire will be resurfacing the main field and the game has been moved to Field #2 for the match.  Seating will be increased on Field #2 to accommodate our ladies.

On to the exciting prospect: Field #2 sits DIRECTLY BELOW the balcony at MAD Pizza.  This presents us a very enticing option.  We will support our girls (banners, songs, 2-poles, etc) FROM THE BALCONY!

Have you ever wondered what it'd be like to have a supporter experience IN BOX SEATS with discounted food/drink service?  Here is your chance!  We've secured the balcony exclusively for ECS Members at the match.  Show your card or scarf, get stamped & gain access to the balcony! This will be the ultimate viewing/supporting experience in W-League play.  So, if you've never made it south for a match, pop your cherry next week!  Come on out Wednesday (June 23rd) and be treated like royalty as our girls dominate the WhitecRaps and make a run toward the top of the table.

**Remember, ECS Members recieve 20% off all food & drink at MAD Pizza**

Spread the word & let's make this a fantastic game atmosphere for our girls!

See you in the, ahem, BALCONY!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Soos Creek Sounders

Earlier this week, midfielder Kelsey Jenkins returned to Soos Creek Elementary in Kent, her old stomping grounds, to inspire and motivate students to achieve all that they can in life.

As my wife, former Sounders Defender, Niki Bonnell (taking the year off to have a baby girl this summer), teaches 6th grade at Soos Creek. I had a chance to interview some of the kids today.  Here is what they had to say:

Trystin: “She did one-thousand juggles when she was 12!”

Elizabeth: “The game in PE with three goals was fun!”

Eli: “Some of the players are out of college – she’s still in college and really good at soccer, even though she’s young!”

Upinder: “It was really cool to see demonstrations in the classroom of their skills!”

Brooke: “Kelsey used to go to Soos Creek!!!”

All-in-all, it was a great experience for every kid involved; each came away with a sense that they could achieve great heights with the right amount of effort and desire.


Also, kudos to Tacoma Tide defender, Brayton Knapp, who was also presenting to the students.

Read the full article of the visit at Tide and Sounders Women Shine Bright at Local School.

**of nonimportance, but of note nonetheless: the man writing this article, Raymond Bonnell, spent two years at Soos Creek Elementary himself, and his son currently attends the school!!!  GO SUPERSTARS!**

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Indecision in Littleton

FINAL:  Sounders Women 0:0 Colorado Rush

Our girls battled to yet another draw in Colorado this afternoon.  Temperatures neared 100 and the ladies could not find net.

The good news is that the Force drew with Vancouver, leaving a three-way tie for second place and our girls didn't lose their spot amongst the top of the table.  However, Pali won their home opener with a 1:0 decision against Santa Clarita and are threatening the top spot with two games in hand.

The ladies have a bye weekend next before a trip down to California to take on Santa Clarita and Pali.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Frenchie goes Golden

Michelle French, long-time standout midfielder and captain for the Sounders Women (who's skill reached mythical status after her return from battle with Cancer last season), will be honored with the Golden Scarf at tomorrow's Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution Match!

For more information on Frenchie, check out David Falk's Seattle Soccer ExaminerSteve Kelley's Seattle Times ArticleDan Raley's Seattle PI Article, or just google/bing the girl; there's tons out there on our superstar.


A Rocky Mountain Low


The ladies had a rough go of it tonight in Fort Collins; up two-nil after goals from Victoria "Bama" Frederick & Erin "Sweet" Redwine, then the Force came roaring back on two PKs to equalize the match.

I suppose it wouldn't be so gutwrenching if the second PK hadn't come with so little time remaining (2 minutes?) to steal away 2 points from our ladies.

The ladies are now taking a day to refocus & will do battle with the Rush, in Littleton, Colorado, Sunday.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Congratulations to Nicole and Casey Paus for the birth of their newest child, Preston!  The Aux Nation wishes you and your newest addition all the best!    ...and for a quick recovery, fitness, & return to the pitch next season!