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Tag: Boys soccer


Boys Soccer: The rift between high school and academy teams

I wrote a story for Tuesday’s paper that explored the new, level playing field among boys soccer teams in Washington this season.

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.
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Big weekend of prep sports, we’ve got it covered

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

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Boys soccer: SPSL playoffs are tonight

Puyallup School District athletics director Rick Wells passed along the schedule for tonight’s SPSL 4A boys soccer playoffs.

Here it is:

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

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Boys Soccer: District brackets available; BP wins league title

If the boys soccer postseason is anything like the Bellarmine Prep-Gig Harbor soccer game on Monday night, it’s going to be exciting.

There were close to 1,000 fans at Roy Anderson Field. That’s something I’ve never seen at a regular-season soccer game. Postseason games rarely have more than a couple hundred people in the stands.

The game finished in a 1-1 tie, handing Bellarmine Prep the Narrows League 4A title. Gig Harbor could have moved into a tie for first by beating the Lions, but now the best the Tides can do is finish second. Gig Harbor

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