Saturday, January 26, 2008

A Puget Sound Soccer Summer

Beach soccer at Alki, Seattle.

The summer of 2008 will offer many options for soccer fans to take in a high-level local match. The Seattle Sounders, Sounders Women, Tacoma Tide FC and Seattle Wolves FC all have their home schedules out. has a Local Match Calendar for you to use as your guide to soccer entertainment this season.

The USL-1 Seattle Sounders open their final home campaign in that league with a Saturday May 10th meeting against arch rival Portland Timbers at Qwest Field at 7:05 PM. It will be the last scheduled match in Seattle between the two sides for the known future.

In South Sound Tacoma Tide FC kick off their home slate the next night, Sunday May 11th, at 1:05 against Salem Oregon's Cascade Surge at Curtis High School in University Place, Tacoma.

The Sounders Women of the W-League will play exhibition matches on May 6th and 8th before starting their league home fixture list against the Ventura Fusion on Thursday night May 15th at 7:00 PM at Starfire.

Seattle Wolves FC are moving up a year earlier than expected to the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL). The Wolves open their home schedule on Saturday May 17th at 2:30 PM when they host Victoria United.

In far North Sound the Puget Sound Soccer Academy Rapids (PSSA) tackle another PCSL schedule with a home opener on Saturday May 10th at Whatcom Community College against Seattle Wolves FC.

Here are some other highlights to watch for this summer...

* Tacoma Tide FC usually draw their biggest league crowd when the BYU Cougars come calling. That visit from the Utah club comes this year on Saturday May 24th.

* Tacoma Tide FC play 6 of 8 home matches by June 7th. Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders schedule is the opposite, back-loaded with 7 straight home matches late in the season.

* All three local Men's clubs will be at home the same night on June 7th. The Sounders host Minnesota at 8:00 PM. The Wolves will be across the walkway at Starfire hosting Kamloops at 7:30 PM. Meanwhile, down in Tacoma the Tide will play the new Vancouver Whitecaps PDL club for the first time at 7:05 PM.

* The Sounders Women play their biggest rival, the Vancouver Whitecaps Women, on Monday June 30th at Starfire.

* Seattle Wolves FC will host the Vancouver Whitecaps prospects on Saturday May 31st at 2:30 PM.

* The Sounders Men will host Vancouver twice, Wednesday August 20th and Saturday September 20th. The latter will be the last-ever regular season league match between the two historic rivals.

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