Around the Sound — July 28

This post is me picking back up something I’ve done once or twice before. Around the Sound is a wrap-up of the soccer that took place around Seattle, Tacoma, and the region this week.

In this update we talk about MLS, NWSL, USL, CONIFA and EPLWA. That’s right, all of this happened around the Sound or to teams from around here. Not every result went the Sound’s way but this was an excellent weekend for soccer around the Sound.

Sounders earn an ugly road win in Houston

Image from @SoundersFC on Twitter

Winning on a contentious Jordan Morris goal, Sounders earn three important points

After their disappointing loss at home against their rivals last week this win is a welcome result. Especially considering they were still a squad missing a number of starters (Ruidiaz, Rodriguez, Svensson, and Leerdam.) It was far from an example of a beautiful game, but it was one that Sounders fans have come to understand their team can earn wins in. The standout performance for me was Danny Leyva, in his third start for the club.

As mentioned, not everyone was happy with Jordan’s goal. AJ Delagarza, Houston defender, clapped back at Steve Zakuani, Sounders commentator (and retired player) who criticized Delagarza’s defending on the play after the match:

Further reading: MLS Recap, Sounders Recap, Dynamo Recap, SounderatHeart, Seattle Times

Closing Notes:

  • Niko Moreno has confirmed a report of the Sounders pursuing Malaga’s Argentinean midfielder Emanuel Cecchini. Here’s the article on Sounder at Heart.
  • ECS & TA jointly decry MLS and clubs trying to stop the use of the Iron Front flag in their supporter sections. Here is the ECS statement.
  • Next match: Sunday, vs. Sporting KC, 7pm Pacific

Reign suffer first home loss of the season, 0 – 4 against visiting Red Stars

Image from @NWSL on Twitter

Reign FC set a new attendance record with 7,479 turning out to welcome World Cup players back.

The Reign were completely outplayed in the midfield, and the final third… and their third. It wasn’t a good game. It felt very much like a match where the Reign needed Jess Fishlock to counter Chicago’s Julie Ertz. It was a disappointing result for the much hyped return match, we can only hope the electric atmosphere draws many of today’s attendees back for their next home game vs. Portland Thorns (on August 7.)

Further Reading: NWSL Recap, Reign FC Recap, Red Stars Recap, SounderatHeart Game thread

Closing Notes

  • Megan Rapinoe was unable to play in today’s loss, the club and fans will be eager for her return. Note that the US Women’s team play Ireland on Aug. 3, just 4 days before the Reign match against the Thorns.
  • This tifo from the Reign supporter group, the Royal Guard, is excellent.
  • Next match: @ Houston Dash, Aug. 2, 4pm Pacific.

Defiance fall to visiting OKC Energy 0 – 2

Image from Tacoma Defiance Facebook

Two second half goals, including one in the final minutes of the match from ex-MLS player Atiba Harris, sink the Tacoma Defiance at home. The Defiance have had a difficult season, with wins remaining elusive. As the Sounders development squad it is important to remember the fact that wins are not as important as they are for other clubs, however the club and the Rainiers have to be hoping for the club to improve moving forward.

Further reading: SounderatHeart recap

Closing Notes

  • Defiance defender Denso Ulysse has been called up to the U‑23 Haitian squad
  • The USL site lists OKC as the winner, but their first paragraph refers to the hosts winning. Whoops.
  • Next match: vs. Orange County, August 9, 7pm Pacific

Washington Premier Win 2nd Straight EPLWA Championship

EPLWA - Washington Premier FC
Image from @EPLWA Twitter

90th Minute Goal Earns Washington Premier 1 – 0 Victory

EPLWA is part of USASA which is an amateur division of America’s soccer pyramid. The league has existed since 2014 and this season they had ten teams participating in the league. Today, Bellingham United fought to keep Washington Premier from their second straight championship.

It was Washington’s Alex Whiting who scored the winning goal off of a mistake by Bellingham’s keeper Hector Gutierrez. Bellingham thought they had their answer minutes later, but it was called offside.

Cascadia defeats Darfur United 8 – 1

You can tell I took this picture on my phone because it’s horrible

First CONIFA match played on North America.

CONIFA is a soccer federation outside the FIFA structure, so this was a friendly between two regional CONIFA squads. Cascadia proved the far superior side, which wasn’t altogether unexpected as they have ex-MLS player James Riley, as well as Ex-Kitsap Pumas player Hamza Hadaddi who netted a hattrick in the match. Darfur United is a team composed entirely of Darfur refugees living in the US.

I love attending these sorts of matches. It was a small local match with less than a hundred people in attendance, but it didn’t have players rolling on the ground or diving. It was about playing the friendly.

Check out this photo gallery on ProstAmerika.com.

Published by Trick Jarrett

Sounders fan. Spurs fan. Reign fan. Barcelona fan. Soccer fan.

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