Gunners FC opens its season May 17

May 13, 2014

By Staff

The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.

The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.

Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.

Ball is the son of 1966 World Cup champion Alan Ball Jr. He has experience coaching at soccer clubs across the world and saw playing time himself when he suited up for the English Premier League’s Southampton FC.

“I’m extremely proud of my father and what he did,” Ball said. “I learned so much from being around him growing up. My whole life from an early age was just ensconced in soccer.”

The Gunners play in the eight-team Northwest Division of the Premier Development League, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. Last year, the Gunners played as the North Sound SeaWolves, before the team partnered with the Issaquah Soccer Club and moved operations from Edmonds to Issaquah.

“We look forward to providing the Eastside community with high quality games and an entertaining environment for all families,” team owner Alex Silva said.

The team’s first home game is 1 p.m. May 17 at Mount Si High School, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie. The rest of the home games will be played at Issaquah High School. Single-game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths. Those younger than 7 get in free.

Learn more about the Gunners at www.fb.com/pugetsoundgunnersfc.

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