EDMONDS, Wash. - The North Sound SeaWolves (1-2) dropped its home-opener to the Crossfire (3-1-1) in a 2-1 loss Friday night.
Current Husky and SeaWolves forward Abdul Aman scored his second goal of the season just before halftime; he had three shots in the game. He later received a red card for a pushing match with the Crossfire defense with eight minutes to go in regulation; Aman will miss Sunday's matchup against the defending PDL champion Kitsap Pumas.
Upcoming senior Quinton Beasley played the full 90 minutes and had a shot in the game for the SeaWolves, while Ben Fisk, Alex Klein, and Nathan Sackeyfio started for the Crossfire. Former Washington midfielder Daniel Gray scored for the Crossfire in the 15th minute.
Next up for the Washington Crossfire will be a match-up against the Portland Timbers U-23s, June 6th at Redmond High School.
The North Sound SeaWolves stay at home and face the defending PDL champions Kitsap Pumas on June 3rd at 6 p.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s (5-0-0) set a new Premier Development League (PDL) attendance record Friday as the team defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 2-1 before 8,174 fans on a Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center, at JELD-WEN Field.
The record crowd broke the previous league mark set by the Fresno Fuego in 2011. In total, 16,203 school kids and fans attended the Timbers U-23s' two Health and Fitness School Days in 2012.
Current Husky Spencer Richey earned his PDL-leading fifth win of the season for the Timbers U-23s, recording two saves - one in each half. Roberto Farfan and Cam Vickers scored for the Timbers U-23s and Mark Sherrod recorded both assists. Benjamin Fisk Routledge had the lone goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23s (2-3-2).
The Timbers U-23s will play again Saturday and visit the Seattle Sounders FC U-23 for the first time; kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Tumwater High School.
Several players from the Washington men's soccer team will play against each other in a Professional Development League (PDL) Northwest Division game tonight. The North Sound SeaWolves FC (Edmonds, Wash.) will play its first home game against the Washington Crossfire (Redmond, Wash.) at 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium.
Forward Abdul Aman and midfielder Quinton Beasley have started in all PDL matches for the SeaWolves (1-1) this season. Aman scored a goal in the first league game against Fraser Valley Mariners FC in a 2-1 win.
Five Huskies are currently playing for the Crossfire (2-1): Andy Thoma, Charlie Ranahan, Ben Fisk, Alex Klein, and Nathan Sackeyfio; recent graduate Nick James is also on the roster, where he has a goal and an assist.
The two teams already met back on May 23rd, where the Crossfire edged the the SeaWolves 1-0.
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Timbers U-23s won its fourth straight match to open the 2012 Premier Development League season after a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 at the University of British Columbia's Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday. Timbers U-23s defender Chris Harms scored the first goal in the 11th minute and forward Clark Phillips recorded the game-winning strike in the 75th minute.
Current Husky and starting goalkeeper Spencer Richey recorded four saves to lead the Portland Timbers U-23s (4-0-0, 12pts) to victory in their first road contest of the season.
Portland is currently in first place in the PDL's Northwest Division. Through the first four games of the season, the Timbers U-23s defense has allowed just two goals. Richey logged his PDL-leading fourth win of the season as starting goalkeeper.
Last Thursday, the Timbers U-23s defeated the defending PDL champions Kitsap Pumas 4-0 at home.
Another match-up is set for the Timbers U-23s and the Whitecaps FC U-23, this time at JELD-WEN Field on Friday, June 1. The match is part of a Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center; kickoff for the special daytime match is 11 a.m. PT. Tickets are $7 and are available for purchase at the JELD-WEN Field box office.
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s face a two-match week, starting Thursday, when they play host to rival the Kitsap Pumas as part of a Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center, at JELD-WEN Field at 11 a.m. PT. The Timbers U-23s then take to the road for the first time this season, visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 on Saturday at the University of British Columbia at 2 p.m. PT.
Tickets for Thursday's match are $5 and are available for purchase at the JELD-WEN Field box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The day will feature health fair on the concourse at JELD-WEN Field and a special pre-game, on-field presentation led by Providence Health & Services; gates open at 9 a.m.
The Timbers U-23s (2-0-0, 6 pts) are coming off a 4-1 victory over Victoria Highlanders FC on May 19. Husky goalkeeper Spencer Richey recorded five saves in the win. The Seattle, Wash. native started all three games of the season so far, including the U.S. Open Cup match against the PSA Elites.
Thursday's match pits the top two teams in the PDL's Northwest Division, with both Portland and Kitsap (2-1-0, 6 pts) tied with six points. The Timbers U-23s lead the all-time series against the Pumas, with a record of 3-2-1. The two sides last met June 3, 2011, also a Health and Fitness School Day, with the Pumas earning a 3-2 win at JELD-WEN Field.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After suspending the 2012 season this past January hoping to return next year, it was announced that the Women's Professional Soccer league has officially folded after three seasons.
"We sincerely regret having to take this course of action," T. Fitz Johnson, owner of the Atlanta Beat and chairman of the board of governors, said in a statement Friday.
The WPS debuted with seven teams in 2009. Franchises in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago and the Bay Area folded, and teams were added in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Western New York.
The 2012 WPS season was cancelled due to a legal dispute with ousted owner Dan Borislow of the South Florida franchise, where he sued the league last summer and tried to terminate his own club in October. The WPS recently announced it had reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with Borislow.
Borislow purchased the former Washington Freedom before last season and moved the club to South Florida, where the team was renamed the magicJack. Throughout the season, the club could not meet league standards and the WPS accused him of violations ranging from "unprofessional and disparaging treatment of his players to failure to pay his bills."
Currently, many previous WPS players have signed with teams in the semi-pro WPSL and W-League. Most notably, Husky alums Hope Solo (previous club: magicJack), Kate Deines (Atlanta Beat) and Veronica Perez (Athletica) have joined the Sounders Women this season.
Although the popularity of women's soccer began to rise after the United State's 1999 World Cup victory and the Women's World Cup thriller last summer, it wasn't enough to save the WPS. However, this year's London Olympics can attract another big audience for women's soccer.
TopDrawerSoccer.com also weighs in on the news in its 91st Minute blog.
MILWAUKIE, Ore. - The Portland Timbers U-23s won its second straight match in Premier Development League play. Forward Mark Sherrod recorded the fourth hat trick in team history, midfielder Eric Miller notched his first PDL goal, and midfielders Cam Vickers and Andrew Ribiero had the assists to lead the team to a 4-1 victory over Victoria Highlanders FC in front of 349 fans at Alder Creek Middle School on Saturday night.
Current Husky goalkeeper Spencer Richey started for the Timbers U-23s and made five saves in 82 minutes before he got subbed out. Three of his five saves came in the second half, including a stop on an attempt by Highlanders forward Josh Heard from the left side of the box that he was able to get to with a diving effort.
The Timbers U-23s play host to the defending-PDL champion Kitsap Pumas on Thursday, May 24, as part of a Health & Fitness School Day at JELD-WEN Field, presented by Providence Sports Care Center; kickoff is set for 11 a.m. The day will feature pre-game activities and a special on-field presentation led by Providence Health & Services.
Former Washington standout Jamie Finch inked a professional contract with the Carolina RailHawks from the North American Soccer League (NASL).
Finch, a defender from Bothell, Wash., was a four-year starter in the backline. He was one of three captains last year and was selected First-Team All-Pac-12 after leading a Husky defense that recorded nine shutouts.
Finch and the RailHawks continue their season on May 19th against the Puerto Rico Islanders.
Year after year, the UW women's soccer program continues to be ranked among the top 25 teams in the NCAA Division I for home attendance. The Huskies finished No. 23 this past season, recording an average of 1,048 fans and a total of 10,475 in ten home games. The program increased its total attendance from a year ago by almost 1,500 fans.
The University of Portland topped the list, averaging 3,110 fans and a total attendance of 31,103 followed by BYU, with an average of 2,882 and a total of 31,697 fans.
2011 Top-25 Average Home Attendances
1. Portland (3,110)
2. BYU (2,882)
3. Texas A&M (2,630)
4. New Mexico (2,032)
5. Florida (1,999)
6. North Carolina (1,923)
7. TCU (1,731)
8. Notre Dame (1,570)
9. Stanford (1,547)
10. Georgia (1,516)
11. Texas (1,442)
12. Tennessee (1,403)
13. Texas Tech (1,332)
14. UCLA (1,292)
15. South Carolina (1,240)
16. LSU (1,174)
17. Auburn (1,161)
18. Colorado (1,126)
19. Virginia (1,084)
20. Connecticut (1,073)
21. Maryland (1,065)
22. Oregon State (1,052)
23. Washington (1,048)
24. Duke (1,024)
25. Santa Clara (1,016)
Here is the complete rankings for the top 75 Division I women's soccer programs (in pdf): di wsoc top 75 attend 2011.pdf
The University of Washington men's soccer program is ranked No. 43 nationally in attendance, announced by the NCAA.
UW recorded an average 2011 home attendance of 948 for its eight home games this past season, with a grand total attendance of 7,584.
UC Santa Barbara led the nation with 4,782 per game and 62,162 total attendance, followed by Connecticut with 3,578 per game and 49,152 total attendance. Here is the complete list (alphabetically and by rank) for Division I men's soccer attendance (in pdf): d1attendspreadsheet.pdf
The Huskies also had the third-most attendance in the Pac-12, trailing only UCLA and Stanford, which had 14,584 in thirteen games and 9,946 in ten games, respectively.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Current Washington goalkeeper Spencer Richey played in his first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the Portland Timbers U-23s Tuesday night. Richey had the start at goal and made three saves against a tough PSA Elite team from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association.
The Timbers U-23s attempted 26 shots against PSA Elite, creating several scoring chances throughout the match. Unfortunately, the Timbers U-23s were eliminated from their first U.S. Open Cup appearance after losing 3-1 before 1,524 fans at JELD-WEN Field.
The Timbers U-23s return to Premier Development League play Saturday as they play host to the Victoria Highlanders at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie, Ore.; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate.
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