Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Surf Dude and Mr. Woo!

Photo courtesy of www.TacomaFC.com

"Surf Dude & Mr. Woo!"
Sound like a super hero duo? You can read the story at TacomaFC.com.

Narrows League Boys Soccer Playoffs

The Narrows League Boys Soccer playoffs begin tonight. Winners will advance to play again on Wednesday night against higher-seeded clubs.

The TNT has the entire bracket.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

"Get over it!" T-shirts go online

Remember this? Of course you do.

Now get something to really remember it by here.

Woo-ed at Soccerpalooza

Soccer skills wow crowd
SCOTT FONTAINE; Tacoma News Tribune

Published: April 27th, 2008

At SoccerPalooza in Tacoma, a South Korean soccer artist known simply as Mr. Woo impresses hundreds of spectators with his command of the ball.

Fifteen-year-old Hannah Branch relished watching Mr. Woo run around the artificial turf field while bouncing the soccer ball on his head. Her friend Kaylee Garvey, 14, enjoyed the ways he juggled the ball with his legs.

Two 12-year-olds from Kent, Desirae Woodford and Kendra Wallace, compared their favorites of the routine: Desirae liked the times Mr. Woo twisted his torso while keeping the ball balanced on his head. Kendra said the highlight was when Mr. Woo took his warm-up shirt off while still managing to keep the ball in place on his back.

The highlight of Saturday’s SoccerPalooza, a daylong youth soccer fair at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, was watching the South Korean freestyle artist perform feats of soccer skill.

Read the rest here.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tacoma's Greg Howes wins third indoor MVP award

Photo/MaryJo Walicki
Greg Howes won his third MVP award Friday.

From today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Greg Howes won his third most valuable player award Friday, putting him in elite company in the Major Indoor Soccer League. But the 31-year-old Milwaukee Wave forward couldn't help casting an envious glance toward the three members of the Baltimore Blast sitting at an adjacent table. Blast goalkeeper Sagu, defender P.J. Wakefield and midfielder Denison Cabral will be playing against Monterrey La Raza in the MISL final tonight at the U.S. Cellular Arena, while Howes will be only a spectator.

"It is bittersweet," Howes said of winning his third MVP award in five years, after also winning in 2004 and 2005. "I'm sure when I go to the game (tonight), it's going to be tough watching it. But I'll go there and support the league."

Baltimore ousted the Wave, 14-13, in Game 2 of the semifinals Sunday, marking the fourth consecutive time the Blast has beaten Milwaukee in a post-season series.

Puyallup pays price for easy victory

Puyallup goaltender Kyle Bilharz makes a point-blank stop against Emerald Ridge’s Angel Ventura during the Vikings’ 4-0 victory Friday.

From today's TNT:

The Puyallup Vikings finally have control of the South Puget Sound League South Division boys soccer race. With three games left until the postseason, they weren’t about to let district rival Emerald Ridge fool with it.

The Jaguars left a lasting impression, however, in the final minute of the game Friday.

Puyallup had things well in hand at the time, and simply was running out the final seconds of a 4-0 victory at Sparks Stadium.

Gabriel is bridge between "Sounders"

Pepe Fernandez, Jimmy Gabriel, Adrian Hanauer, Alan Hinton.
Jenni Conner photo.

Matt Gaschk reports in today's Seattle P-I:

Though it took some time to catch on, the imprint of Gabriel and the long list of players and coaches who brought big-time soccer to Seattle in the NASL will be remembered through the new team's name.

"The fans wanted to call this team Seattle Sounders, and the way they did it was fantastic," Gabriel said of the grass-roots write-in campaign that landed the MLS club on its name. "It shows that we left an impression. (Former Sounders coach Alan Hinton) and I were especially proud that the fans wanted to keep the name."

Friday, April 25, 2008

Bellarmine Prep edges SK for Narrows perch

www.GOALKitsap.com match photo gallery HERE.

Kitsap Sun match report

Bergeson chose to play Dobb over regular starter Daniel Lathrop because the Wolves were celebrating senior night. In fact, several starting juniors spent a majority of the minutes on the bench in order to keep the team's 10 seniors on the field.

Despite seeing less time on the field than normal, Ricigliano made the most of his minutes by tying the game in the second half.

Tracking a well-struck cross by fellow junior Justin Moore, Ricigliano's diving header beat Bellarmine Prep goalkeeper Chris Carlin inside the right post for a 1-1 tie.

"What a goal," said Bergeson, who credited Moore for making a perfect delivery. "That's all anybody was talking about. Both ends of that were magic."

Even Waters was impressed by Ricigliano, who scored despite having a defender draped on his back.

"It was a great goal, the equalizer," Waters said. "Fantastic."

Tacoma News Tribune match report

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tide mascot: "Surf Dude"

Um. Ok. I promise not to trip him. Maybe.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Battle of Unbeatens: Bellarmine v. SK Wolves

Thursday night at 7:00 PM at Joe Knowles Field on the campus of South Kitsap High School the undefeated and nationally-ranked Bellarmine Prep Lions will take on the undefeated South Kitsap Wolves in varsity soccer action.

300 t-shirts will be given out to students and kids at around 6:30 PM.

The match will decide the regular season top finisher in the Narrows League.

On Tuesday the Wolves set up the showdown with a 3-0 victory at Mt. Tahoma.

Bellarmine recently toured Ireland, winning matches along the way.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

USL-1 Poulsbo Stadium Concept Released

Here is the latest soccer stadium concept for a Poulsbo, Washington United Soccer Leagues Division One club home. This design comes after Robin Waite and the City of Poulsbo entered into talks about switching land locations.

This could resemble the future home of what are now the USL Seattle Sounders if Waite is successful in building the venue and moving the team to Kitsap County.

Visit this GOALKitsap page for more information.

Waite is talking with nearby Olympic College Poulsbo campus about sharing parking on match nights and letting the college use the facility for its home soccer matches.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tide offer ways to reward their fans

2008 Tacoma Tide F.C. Tickets ON SALE NOW
Tell Your Friends, Win Prizes

After an exciting 2nd season for the Tacoma Tide F.C. in which they qualified for the 2007 Playoffs, the club invites you to “Ride the Tide” in 2008!

2008 Tacoma Tide Ticket packages are now available for purchase on the team’s official website, www.TacomaFC.com. The 2008 season is right around the corner. The first game of the 9 home matches scheduled is May 11th, @ Curtis HS Stadium. Order season tickets now, and get a FREE Tacoma Tide scarf!

Full Season Ticket Information
This is your chance to RIDE THE TIDE for all 9 exciting Tide home games, including the exhibition match when the Tide take on the reigning USL Champions; Seattle Sounders! Season Ticket Holders receive the following benefits:

* FREE - Official Tacoma Tide Scarf
* Price discount over individual game tickets
* Never a wasted ticket program
* Priority to purchase tickets for any post-season Tide games & US Open Cup games
* Complimentary seat cushion/seat back @ the stadium.

$155 – Field Seats
$80 – General Admission
$30 – Students


Tide Referral Program

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* Each time our Tacoma Tide fans referrer new ticket holders, they win free prizes.
* YOU can win Tacoma Tide merchandise too!

Each new referral earns these Tide prizes

1st Referral – Tacoma Tide T-Shirt

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Information on all Tacoma Tide ticket sales can be found at www.TacomaFC.com
or email JBillings@TacomaFC.com , call (253) 564-1560 x110

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tide tryouts over, club looks towards kick off in May

from www.TacomaFC.com

The weekend of April 5th and 6th gave a chance for the Tacoma Tide coaching staff to see local talent on display. The team’s Open Try-Outs fielded players from all over the Puget Sound as well as outside the state of washington. In the end, a few players were selected to return and train with the team in the near weeks. Since most of the Tide roster will be available on very short notice before the season opener in Spokane on May 9th, these trial players have a great chance to see time and make an impact in the squad.

While there were a number of good performances on the weekend, the top head turner was probably William Kelly. Kelly is just completing his sophomore year at the University of Redlands, where he has played both Center and Outside Midfield positions, under Coach Ralph Perez. Prior to enrolling at Redlands, Will was on the Eastside Red FC U-19 2005 Washington State (WYSL) Champions, and two time (2004 & 2005) Washington State High School Soccer Champions (1A) from University Prep of Seattle. The rest of the Tide’s roster will be released in the coming weeks before the season starts in May.