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 on: Today at 04:52:32 AM 
Started by ouch - Last post by Dmacy
Local soccer  ;D

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 on: May 22, 2018, 07:36:45 PM 
Started by LoveTheGame8 - Last post by Bigbird
Well, I'd say it's a bit of all of those. 

Garfield just got past a strong Gig Harbor team 1-0, so it could have easily been two Metro teams (which is about par for the course).  Still, Metro clearly benefits from a big population base and, especially on the boys side, and a ton of select and premier teams giving more kids easy access to year-round soccer.  SU has over 2,000 players, Emerald City probably has almost as many players as when it was under SYSA and Celtic has over 60 teams.  So while the strongest players are likely at Sounders or Crossfire, that still leaves a ton of kids who've played year-round soccer since they were 8 or 9. And that, in turn, means the bottom half of a Metro roster is much stronger than when ECFC was the only game in town.

I suspect, too, that an athletic boy in Seattle is less likely to play football or baseball than a kid in the suburbs.  So many kids in Seattle start playing soccer and all of these clubs make it easy for them to keep playing.  The flip side is it's also easier for the really strong players to play DA.  So, Metro may not have the true stars, but they have deep rosters.

Finally, as in basketball with Garfield or Rainier Beach, or football with O'Dea and Eastside Catholic, historically strong soccer programs like Lakeside, Roosevelt and Garfield find it easier to re-load every year.  Having strong, long term coaching staffs helps as well.  These factors mean kids who are good enough to make a DA team are more likely to find being part of a winning HS program a more attractive option.

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 on: May 21, 2018, 07:48:49 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by bubbasaurus
Thanks.

This boys team needs to play like vs like.   And with 4 no sunday play boys on a 15 man roster, it is not like we are going out to try to bag any trophies!

How late in August? The Xtreme Cup is August 17-19 at Starfire and is aimed at select and rec teams. The last few years they have had 2-3 divisions in most age groups to keep the games competitive. Also one of the most affordable tournaments ($410).

River Jam is August 24-26 at the WPFC fields in Puyallup. Great fields, ugly Friday traffic. Age groups can have a pretty big spread of teams if there aren't enough teams to have multiple divisions. Our age group last year had 2 strong teams (WSPL, NPSL D1), and 4 fairly even teams a couple of levels below (NPSL 3, RCL 4, SSUL).

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 on: May 21, 2018, 03:45:53 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by skagitcoach
Thanks.

This boys team needs to play like vs like.   And with 4 no sunday play boys on a 15 man roster, it is not like we are going out to try to bag any trophies!

Sky River Tournament in Monroe, Aug. 24-26.

Please tell me that is not the same weekend as the fair.
I think the fair may start that weekend.

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 on: May 21, 2018, 10:27:31 AM 
Started by LoveTheGame8 - Last post by merenguemom
Three out of four semifinalist in 3A are from Metro League.  Seems unbalanced.  Any ideas why?  Strongest players in Seattle d/t population size? Rest of state very weak?  Chance?

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 on: May 20, 2018, 04:23:10 PM 
Started by justadad - Last post by justadad
Best place to watch with a 16 yo Liverpool FC fan who smartly said no to BWW?   I refuse to let him watch this at home. Needs to be around supporters.

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 on: May 18, 2018, 09:27:46 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by EWSoccer64
Thanks.

This boys team needs to play like vs like.   And with 4 no sunday play boys on a 15 man roster, it is not like we are going out to try to bag any trophies!

Sky River Tournament in Monroe, Aug. 24-26.

Please tell me that is not the same weekend as the fair.

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 on: May 18, 2018, 08:54:03 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by skagitcoach
Thanks.

This boys team needs to play like vs like.   And with 4 no sunday play boys on a 15 man roster, it is not like we are going out to try to bag any trophies!

Sky River Tournament in Monroe, Aug. 24-26.

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 on: May 18, 2018, 07:37:12 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by EWSoccer64
Thanks.

This boys team needs to play like vs like.   And with 4 no sunday play boys on a 15 man roster, it is not like we are going out to try to bag any trophies!

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 on: May 18, 2018, 06:03:21 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by All for One
Looking for a low level tournament suitable for a barely functional, supposedly "competitive-select level" team in late August.   Think lowest level of PSPL.

East side of the state would be the River City Challenge

Actually looking for a tournament not in Eastern Washington, but also perhaps even lower in level of competition...…..  See "barely functional" above

Chinook Cup in Portland in August is usually filled with teams from the bottom divisions of OYSA.

http://www.southsidesoccer.org/chinookcup

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