Gunners FC drops season finale to Sounders U23s

July 16, 2015

The first time Puget Sound Gunners FC and the Seattle Sounders U23s met this season, the result was a humbling 5-0 defeat for a Gunners squad that didn’t perform up to its capabilities.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Henry Wingo, Puget Sound Gunners FC midfielder, races toward the ball in the Gunners’ 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders U23s July 11 at Issaquah High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Henry Wingo, Puget Sound Gunners FC midfielder, races toward the ball in the Gunners’ 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders U23s July 11 at Issaquah High School.

“The first time we played the Sounders, it was a disaster,” coach Alex Silva said.

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Gunners FC still winless, manages tie with Portland Timbers U23s

July 2, 2015

Stoppage time was nearly over, and Renan Troccoli had the ball at his feet with only the goalkeeper to beat.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Puget Sound Gunners forward Daniel Gavin beats the Portland Timbers U23s goal keeper for the Gunners only score in a 1-1 draw at Issaquah High School on June 28.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Puget Sound Gunners forward Daniel Gavin beats the Portland Timbers U23s goal keeper for the Gunners only score in a 1-1 draw at Issaquah High School on June 28.

With two defenders nipping at his heels and his chance coming from a slightly sharp angle, Troccoli’s shot rolled past the netminder and went inches wide of the far post.

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Gunners FC 1-0 loss has them still in search of first win

June 17, 2015

With the exception of one lopsided loss, Puget Sound Gunners FC has shown it can compete against every team in the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Both teams compete for the header on an unsuccessful Puget Sound Gunners corner kick in the Gunners’ 1-0 loss to the Kitsap Pumas on June 14 at Issaquah High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Both teams compete for the header on an unsuccessful Puget Sound Gunners corner kick in the Gunners’ 1-0 loss to the Kitsap Pumas on June 14 at Issaquah High School.

The Gunners’ latest result, a 1-0 loss to the division-leading Kitsap Pumas on June 14 at Issaquah High School, was indicative of that trend.

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Go Fourth and celebrate at parade, Heritage Day

July 1, 2014

From history lessons to soccer, Issaquah will have many opportunities for those wanting to celebrate America this Fourth of July.

While the events will largely resemble last year’s, organizers hope the tried-and-true celebrations will offer the same level of community involvement and entertainment. Both the Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day will take place in downtown.

The Swedish Hospital Kids ‘n Pets Parade will kick off the day, beginning at 11 a.m. It will wind its way down Front Street North and East Sunset Way before ending at Veterans’ Memorial Field.

“We will have a lot of the traditional favorites come back,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Director of Festivals Robin Kelley said.

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Skyline duo listed among top prep soccer players

July 1, 2014

Jason Twaddle lived in Madrid for the first seven years of his life, and the Spanish influence on his soccer game is undeniable.

Twaddle, who recently graduated from Skyline High School, had levels of success during his prep career that rivaled those of famed Spanish strikers like David Villa and Fernando Torres.

He leaves as the Skyline program’s all-time leading scorer, piling up 76 points (33 goals, 10 assists), and will continue playing this fall at Seattle University.

By Neil Pierson Spartans Jason Twaddle (left) and Nick Morgan were recently honored as all-state selections by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.

By Neil Pierson
Spartans Jason Twaddle (left) and Nick Morgan were recently honored as all-state selections by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.

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AmericanWest Bank welcomes new VP

July 1, 2014

Al Brewer has joined the AmericanWest Bank as vice president and Residential Lending Team lead for Western Washington.

Brewer has more than 20 years of banking experience with extensive expertise in residential lending, leadership and managing successful branches. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Al Brewer

Al Brewer

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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Editorial

September 24, 2013

State park proposals have merits, limits

Washington State Parks needs to seek specific Requests for Proposals for improvements to Lake Sammamish State Park, the jewel at the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

Earlier this month, State Parks and the city of Issaquah received only three proposals in response to its call for RFPs. The two agencies were trying to get outside-the-box ideas that would add to Lake Sammamish park’s bottom line as well as help the city’s economic development.

The three each have merits.

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Three proposals arrive to invigorate state park

September 17, 2013

Three project proposals for Lake Sammamish State Park, including one to totally remake the park with a hotel/convention center, came to the city’s Economic Development Department by the deadline Sept. 9.

In a joint effort with Washington State Parks, the city released a request for proposals in August, asking for project ideas to reinvigorate and make use of the park under the redevelopment and restoration plan adopted in 2007.

Economic Development Director Keith Niven said the three full project outlines are markedly different, but he found positive aspects across the board.

By Issaquah Soccer Club Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

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Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

“I see all of these to be viable choices for the park,” he said. “I think they can all fit. I don’t think there is anything on the table that can’t be mitigated.”

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Issaquah Soccer Club teams travel to London

June 26, 2012

Kristof Hefty (left), of the Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners U11 team, faces off in a match against a member of Arsenal Academy during the local team’s recent tour in London. By Zheng Li

Four Issaquah Soccer Club teams traveled to London recently for a 10-day soccer tour to learn how the English play the game.

Jimmy Ball, the club’s director of football and coach of four Issaquah premier teams, used to play and coach in England. He said his connections, along with a company called XLTravel that organized airfare, hotel and transportation and coordinated with the academies, allowed the young players to experience English soccer at its best.

“Just watching those premier league games was a great experience for them,” Ball said. “To see live matches — pros playing, the speed of their play and … how they kept the ball so well — was one thing that I was hoping they would learn, and they did.”]

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