When MLS Cup 2012 kicks off ar 1:30 p.m. Saturday there will be a pretty impressive representation of players with Puget Sound connections.
The Galaxy playing roster includes midfielder Pat Noonan, formerly of Sounders FC. The Dynamo roster includes forward Cam Weaver, who was born in Tacoma; midfielder Nathan Sturgis, who played with Sounders FC; forward Brian Ching, who attended Gonzaga and played with the USL Sounders, and coach Dominic Kinnear, who played with the USL Sounders.
However, key guys with South Sound connections might be Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall, and Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena.
Hall was born in SeaTac, grew up in Gig Harbor and attended Gig Harbor High School. Arena in 1976 was a goalkeeper for the Tacoma Tides of the American Soccer League before the University of Puget Sound offered him a soccer coaching job that would change his life.
This week I was able to ask each about what they remember from their time in Pierce County. Some highlights:
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