The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The Premier Development League regular season is over for the Northwest, and the July 11 results have finalized the playoffs within the division.
The Portland Timbers U-23′s beat Washington Crossfire 3:0 at Redmond High School, sending Washington to their fourth straight defeat to end their campaign. Despite the slide Crossfire holds on to the final playoff spot and will travel to Tacoma to play the Sounders U-23′s for a chance to move on to the Western Conference finals. The Sounders dropped the North Sound SeaWolves 5:1 (photos) on July 11th at Franklin Pierce High School.
The Portland victory sets up a Sunday night showdown in Oregon with the Kitsap Pumas. The Timbers also finish second for the year behind the Sounders and earn the second United States Open Cup berth for 2013. The Pumas will miss out on the Cup next year for the first time in their history. Portland and Kitsap tied on 32 points, however the Timbers took the tiebreaker on goal differential after the two clubs went 1-1-1 against each other during the season.
Timbers Report: First-half goals from midfielder Steven Evans and forward Erik Hurtado guided the Portland Timbers U-23s to a 3-0 win over Washington Crossfire in their 2012 Premier Development League regular-season finale on Wednesday at Redmond High School.
With the win, the Timbers U-23s (10-4-2, 32pts) finished the regular-season in second place in the PDL’s Northwest Division and will play host to the Kitsap Pumas in a divisional playoff match on Sunday at Gladstone High School at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific). Additional details will be announced at a later date.
Sounders Report: Tacoma, WA – On a sunny evening at Franklin Pierce Stadium, the Sounders U-23 capped off the regular season with a 5-1 win over the North Sound SeaWolves FC. The Sounders U-23 season included a record of 11-2-3, good enough for 36 points and first place in the PDL Northwest division.
Next up for the Sounders U-23 is the first round of the PDL northwest division playoffs. They will take on the Washington Crossfire FC at Franklin Pierce Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
It will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. The previous two matches were won by the Sounders U-23, having scored three goals and allowing none.