This release provided today by Sounders U-23:
On November 2nd, the Tacoma Soccer Center will host the 1st Annual, “Northwest Soccer Legends Night,” for fans to get another glimpse of the top talent that has graced the area’s soccer fields through the years. The night’s feature event will be an indoor match at 7pm, where two teams made up of past pros, will compete against each other on the brand new field turf at the Tacoma Soccer Center. Before and after the game, fans and players will have the opportunity to mingle and remember the “good old days.”
The Legends’ teams are highlighted by the celebrity coaches for each side, Brian Schmetzer and Jimmy McAlister. Schmetzer had a storied career in the NASL, including three years with the Seattle Sounders. He is currently the assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders FC. McAlister was the 1977 NASL Rookie of the Year and earned six caps with the U.S. national team. He is currently the Director of Coaching for the Seattle United youth soccer club.
Fans on hand for the Friday night event can expect to see former Seattle Sounders stars from the NASL, USL, and MLS, like Taylor Graham, Danny Jackson, Leighton O’Brien, and Viet Nguyen. Along-side those players will be decades of professional experience with Sean Henderson, Ezra Hendrickson, Dick McCormick, Darren Sawatzky, Jason Farrell and more. Soccer fans will also recognize indoor soccer legends, Gary Heale, Joe Waters and Ralph Black. Additional players, including Sounders FC U-23s, are confirming their involvement for the November 2nd celebration and will be unveiled at the event. Please note that the appearance of Sounders FC coaches, Schmetzer and Hendrickson, is dependent on their playoff schedule.
Gates will open for the event at 5:00 pm on November 2nd and tickets are $5 for all ages. Food and beverages are available for sale inside the facility, including the Far Post Sports Bar, overlooking the field. Fans can get their favorite players’ to sign autographs after the match. Players will stay after the game for a social event at the Tacoma Soccer Center. Fans are encouraged to hang out and reminisce with the Legends about the glory days.
The Tacoma Soccer Center is located on 2610 Bay Street, Tacoma, WA 918421. The indoor arena is located just off I-5 exit 135 toward Portland Avenue.
Brian Schmetzer (Pro Player 1980 – 1995, Coach 1995-Present) *availability dependent on Sounders FC playoff schedule
Jimmy McAlister (Pro Player 1976 – 1986, Coach 1988 – Present)
Ralph Black (Pro Player 1981 – 1999, Coach 1997 – Present)
Ben Dragavon (Pro Player 2006 – 2009, Coach 2012 – Present)
Jason Farrell (Pro Player 1992-2004, Coach 2004-Present)
Taylor Graham (Pro Player 2003-2011)
Gary Heale (Pro Player 1975 – 1995, Coach 1996 – Present)
Sean Henderson (Pro Player 1994 – 2005, Coach 1999 – Present)
Ezra Hendrickson (Pro Player 1996-2008, Coach 2009 –Present) *availability dependent on Sounders FC playoff schedule
Danny Jackson (Pro Player 2001- 2008, Coach 2008-2011)
Dick McCormick (Pro Player 1988-2000, Coach 1997 – Present)
Viet Nguyen (Pro Player 1999 – 2005, Coach 1999 – 2012)
Leighton O’Brien (Pro Player 1999 – 2011, Coach 2002 – Present)
Darren Sawatzky (Pro Player 1995 – 2004, Coach 2005 – Present
Todd Stauber (Pro Player 1994 – 2001, Coach 1998 – Present)
Joe Waters (Pro Player 1971 – 1992, Coach 1990 – 2012)