The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
Just another weekend in soccer paradise, aka “The WA.” Plenty of our teams are at home. Some needing wins to break bad streaks, others hoping to preserve division leads, all wanting to win their next appointments with the beautiful game.
Friday July 6: Eugene Metro Azul at Spokane Shine (7 PM, Joe Albi Stadium), Oregon Rush at Issaquah SC (7 PM, Issaquah HS), Victoria Highlanders at Sounders Women (7 PM, Starfire Sports Stadium), Washington Crossfire at Portland Timbers U-23′s (7 PM, Doc Harris HS), Sounders U-23′s at Kitsap Pumas (7:30 PM, Bremerton Memorial Stadium), North Sound SeaWolves at Vancouver Whitecaps U-23′s (7:30 PM, Swangard)
The weekend starts with a bang and plenty of meaningful contests. The WPSL Spokane Shine are fighting for playoff contention with Eugene. Issaquah is back home and hoping to pad its first-place lead. The Sounders Women play their final regular season home match. Washington Crossfire needs one win to make the playoffs. The Sounders U-23′s are a mere 2 points out of first behind the hosting Pumas. North Sound looks to end strong and knock out the Whitecaps.
Saturday July 7: Oregon Rush at Emerald City FC (3 PM, Interbay), Bellingham United at Langley Athletic ( 6 PM, McLeod Athletic Park), North Sound SeaWolves at Victoria Highlanders (7 PM, Royal Ahtletic Park), Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders FC (8 PM, CenturyLink Field)
Fresh off a second season win, Emerald City hopes to do a number one more time on the Oregon Rush. North Sound visits BC a second time, and the Sounders of MLS are trying to end a 9-match winless streak with a late-starting national TV match. Bellingham United are back at it in a match that will feature hundreds of Hammers fans crossing the border.
Sunday July 8: Fraser Valley Mariners at Sounders U-23′s (2 PM, Franklin Pierce HS), Spokane Shine at Portland Rain (3 PM, Hare Field HS), Coquitlam Metro Ford at Bellingham United (3 PM, Civic Stadium), Kitsap Pumas at Portland Timbers U-23′s (6 PM, Hare Field HS)
The Sounders U-23′s look to improve their playoff position in an afternoon contest. The Spokane Shine visit rival Portland. Later in the same stadium the Kitsap Pumas tackle one of their biggest rivals, the Timbers. BUFC is at home with hopes of affirming a top-four finish.