KENT, WA—Playing before just 204 fans at 6,500-seat Showare Arena in Kent on Friday night Seattle Impact FC managed their first home win while at the same time creating new troubles for others in local soccer. The club beat Turlock 8-3 in MASL action, but also decided to cut and run in the PASL where the “Impact Premier” are scheduled to play in the NW Division.
The Impact notified Seattle Sporting FC just this Friday that they would be forfeiting their match at the Everett Soccer Arena slated for Saturday (November 29), leaving the new local indoor side without an opponent for their home opener. Social media posts revealed the disappointment and anger from Sporting owner Victor Perez, whose club had been working to promote their home debut.
The PASL, a national amateur indoor competition with a Northwest Division is faced with its first forfeited match in just the second week of play. Last year multiple matches were forfeited in the NW division alone.
The monetary damage to Seattle Sporting is not known. Perez posted online that the money isn’t the real issue, it’s letting down the players and fans who were planning to attend the match in the club’s historic home league debut.
From the Sporting Facebook page: Unfortunately tomorrows game has been canceled to do a forfeit. Seattle Sporting will still have their full team out for a inter squad game kicking off at 2:45. There is no charge for this event.
It’s just the latest in a string of sad, bizarre events the franchise has inflicted upon itself.