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Sounders FC U-23 Win 2012 PDL Progress Award

Tacoma, WA – On Friday, December 14, Sounders FC U-23 was awarded with the 2012 Progress Award by the Premier Developmental League. The award is the first club honor received by the organization under General Manager and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky.

“The Progress Award is substantial for our club because it shows the hard work and dedication everyone put in this past year from the owners, the front office staff, the coaches, the operational crew, to the players,” said Sawatzky. “We are very thankful to be recognized for the

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Sounders Women Awarded W-League Organization of the Year

Tukwila, WA – After being nominated for four end-of-the-year awards by the United Soccer Leagues, the Seattle Sounders Women was named W-League Organization of the year, while also earning W-League Marketing Team of the Year award on December 14th. The honors were handed out at the USL Annual General Meetings in Tampa, Florida.  The Sounders Women stood out amongst over 30 W-League franchises throughout the United States.

“It’s an honor to win these awards. The awards are not why we do this job, but the recognition of our

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Former Arsenal Ladies coach will lead Reign FC

This news just announced from the SeattleReignFC:

Seattle Reign FC today announced that Laura Harvey will join the club as its first Head Coach. Laura joins Seattle Reign FC from the Arsenal Ladies, where as Head Coach she led the club to six trophies, including three consecutive league titles and the FA WSL Coach of the Year Award in 2011. In addition, Laura previously worked as an Assistant Coach for the England Women’s National Team at the U17, U19 and U23 levels.

“As a proven winner with the ability to bring the best out of each player, Laura is the type of coach that a player wants to play for,” said Amy Carnell, GM of Seattle Reign FC. “Having managed some of the world’s best at Arsenal and within the English National Team system, she is composed under pressure and clearly understands what it takes to bring home a championship.”

“I’m excited for the new challenge ahead. After conversations with the General Manger and the Owner, the ambitions of the club were something that interested me in making the move,” commented new Reign FC Head Coach Laura Harvey. “As a club we will be trying to establish ourselves as a leader within the new league, whilst trying to build a long term future for Seattle Reign FC. The future is an exciting one for everyone involved at Seattle Reign FC.”
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Hope Solo Donates time/money to Boys & Girls Club


Tukwila, WA – On December 18th, Hope Solo spent time with children at the Henry T. Schatz Boys & Girls Club in Tacoma, Washington. She played games with Boys & Girls Club kids, answered questions from the crowd, and presented a $5,000 check on behalf of Solo and the Sounders Women to Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

“Thank you to Hope Solo and Sounders Women for a great day for our Club members and all

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Sounders open at Tigres March 6, close here on 12th

This just in from CONCACAF:

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today the quarterfinal schedule for the 2012/13 Champions League. The round is contested over two legs and opens on Tuesday, March 5 with the Houston Dynamo hosting Santos, last season’s runner-up, at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Xelaju will be at home on March 6 for the first leg of its series against two-time defending champion Monterrey, which finished an impressive third at the recently completed FIFA Club World Cup. Later that same evening, visiting Tigres will take on the Seattle Sounders.

The first leg ends on Thursday, March 7, when the LA Galaxy travels to Costa Rica for a meeting with Herediano.

Second-leg action starts on Tuesday, March 12, with an encounter between Monterrey and Xelaju, followed by Tigres-Seattle Sounders.

Quarterfinal play concludes the next day with two games. Santos will square off against Houston and the LA Galaxy faces Herediano.

The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals April 2-4 and April 9-11. The semifinal pairings are the Monterrey-Xelaju winner facing the Galaxy-Herediano winner, and the Seattle-Tigres victor playing either Santos or Houston.

The semifinal winners will meet in a two-leg final set for April 24 and May 1.

The winner of the 2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League will earn a berth to the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

Here’s more from the Sounders:
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New women’s league club will be “Seattle Reign FC”

Seattle’s new team in the National Women’s Soccer League will be called Seattle Reign FC. The official team colors are white, midnight black, royal blue and platinum.

The club’s website is and it’s Twitter account is @SeattleReignFC.

Here’s the news from the club:

Bill Predmore, owner of the new women’s professional soccer team in Seattle, today announced that Seattle Reign FC has been selected as the name of the club. Seattle Reign FC is slated to begin its pre-season in March of 2013 with the regular season commencing in April 2013.

“Today’s announcement is the result of a thoughtful process to identify the name that best represents the values of our club, articulates our long-term ambitions and celebrates the community within which our supporters live,” said Predmore. “Seattle Reign FC meets all of those objectives and at the same time honors the legacy of professional women’s sports in Seattle. Read more »