October 26, 2015
NEW — 8:53 p.m. Oct. 26, 2015
By the time you read this, the season could be over for Seattle Sounders FC, or they could be moving on to the Western Conference semifinals in the Major League Soccer playoffs.
If you follow me on Twitter (@sammamish_neil), you probably know I’m a huge fan of the Sounders. If you’ve seen me walking the sidelines at high-school games in my Chelsea FC jacket, you know who my favorite European team is and that I’m a close follower of the beautiful game.
The Sounders finished their regular season Oct. 25 with a decisive 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field, the three points clinching the club’s seventh playoff berth in as many MLS seasons. They were set to face the Los Angeles Galaxy – a longtime nemesis who’ve ended Seattle’s playoff runs three times – in a win-or-go-home match Oct. 28. Read more
July 14, 2015
Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala embarks upon a promising college, pro soccer adventure
It’s easy to see why Saif Kerawala, with his towering frame and hawk-like wingspan, has become a successful goalkeeper, but it might be the work he did at another position that has truly turned him into an elite shot-stopping force. Read more
July 15, 2014
The Puget Sound Gunners wrapped up their inaugural season in Issaquah under a cloudless sky and warmer-than-average temperatures at Gary Moore Stadium July 11.
The team’s 3-1 loss to the Victoria Highlanders FC put a cap on what’s been a season of struggles for the Gunners, who finished the season with a 3-9-2 record, good for seventh in the eight-team Northwest Division.
The Gunners were without head coach Jimmy Ball for the season finale, as he traveled to the National Premier League finals in Greensboro, N.C., with some of the ISC Gunners youth teams.
July 1, 2014
Puget Sound Gunners midfielder Justice Duerksen had no choice but to score in the June 27 contest against Lane United FC. Family pride was on the line.
His younger sister, in town from California for a local soccer tournament, had scored a couple of goals that morning, and his whole family, including mom Betsy, an All-American player herself at Boston College, made it to Issaquah High School to watch him play.
“Oh yeah, I knew I had to go get a goal, too,” he said.
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.