Because academy players — kids who play for Crossfire Premier and Sounders Academy — can’t turn out for their high school teams because of a new U.S. Soccer-mandated rule, the postseason is wide open this year.
“In talking to my coaching friends, it is having an impact,” Puyallup coach Matt White said. “Teams are significantly more equal.”
It’s also widened the rift between high school and academy teams. High school coaches already feel looked down upon by club coaches and this reinforces that feeling. And clubs resent the media coverage high school teams receive.
From U.S. Soccer’s perspective, providing consistent training for the best players in the country is a no-brainer. Instead of playing for an academy team, ODP team, high school team and possibly other teams, the best players will receive instruction from one coaching staff. Their progress can be measured and monitored. The goal, obviously, is to develop players that can compete at the highest of international levels. Read more »
The track and field gods are smiling upon us today in Western Washington. We’ve got blue skies and maybe the first 70-degree day in 198 days for the 4A and 3A bi-district meets at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
I’ll be here all day today and Saturday, along with TNT reporter Todd Milles. We’ll be posting updates here on the blog, including some video. Count on photographer Lui Kit Wong to post a stellar photo gallery of the meet, as well. (Check out this fantastic photo he made).
We’ve also got a reporter at the 2A district meet today at …
Puyallup School District athletics director Rick Wells passed along the schedule for tonight’s SPSL 4A boys soccer playoffs.
Here it is:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 At Federal Way High School Game 1: Rogers vs. Kentridge, 4 p.m. (winner No. 9 seed to bi-district, loser No. 10) Game 2: Puyallup vs. Tahoma, 6 p.m. (winner No. 5 seed to bi-district, loser No. 6) Game 3: Beamer vs. Kentwood, 8 p.m. (winner No. 1 seed to bi-district, loser No. 2) At Sparks Stadium Game 4: Mount Rainier vs. Federal Way, 6 p.m. (winner No. 7 seed to …
TopDrawerSoccer.com has released lists of the Top 20 boys and girls soccer players in regions around the country, including the Pacific Northwest. There are quite a few South Sound athletes on the lists.