ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Despite a strong performance over the weekend in which they outshot their opponents 15-12, Puget Sound Gunners FC didn’t get the result they wanted on the scoreboard, falling 2-1 at Premier Development League newcomer Calgary Foothills FC on May 17.
Head coach Alex Silva is hoping his team will be closer to full strength this weekend, when Gunners FC hosts its home debut against Lane United FC, a 7 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, May 23 at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98027.
Puget Sound will have the services of a few players who weren’t able to travel to Canada last weekend due to visa issues. They include midfielder Edgardo Mira, an El Salvador U20 national team player, and midfielder Javier Reyes, Mira’s teammate at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.
“They’ll be eligible to be picked for the roster … and whoever is performing will be selected for the roster,” Silva said.
Against Northwest Division rival Calgary, Puget Sound had a good overall performance, especially considering the lack of preseason training time they’d had in comparison to Foothills FC.
However, Silva wasn’t about to use that as an excuse.
“It was an even match,” he said. “I was disappointed in the score, of course. We always want to win, and we play to win every match.”
Midfielder Alex White scored for the Gunners in the 81st minute, assisted by Justin Fiddes, but it wasn’t enough to offset goals from Calgary’s Darius Ramsay in the sixth minute and Nat Tecle in the 62nd minute.
Puget Sound goalkeeper Cody Jewett made seven saves in the contest, while Fiddes, a defender, had a team-high three shots in only 37 minutes off the bench.
Lane United FC, which is based in Springfield and Eugene, Oregon, comes to Puget Sound having lost its first two games. Lane United has yet to score a goal, falling 2-0 to Portland Timbers U23s and 2-0 to Kitsap Pumas.
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Silva said he’s had the opportunity to scout Lane United a bit, watching their live-stream games online.
But rather than focusing solely on the opponent, the result will be more about how Gunners FC continues to improve in training, and how well they put to rest last week’s defeat.
“To me, we don’t want to depend on one or two players, and it’s always important for the group effort to be there,” Silva said. “It’s a good team, so we’re looking forward to moving on.”
Tickets to Saturday’s 7 p.m. match against Lane United FC are available at iscgunners.org/tickets.
About the Puget Sound Gunners FC
The Gunners are in the seven-team Northwest Division of the Premier Development League. Previously, the Gunners played as the North Sound SeaWolves, before the team partnered with ISC Gunners FC and moved operations from Edmonds to Issaquah. Last year, players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Western Washington University and more suited up for the Gunners. Learn more about the ISC Gunners FC at http://www.iscgunners.org.
About the Premier Development League
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure, the PDL features 65 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada in 2015, including 10 teams affiliated with USL PRO or Major League Soccer clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with 70 percent of all MLS draftees having PDL experience. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.