Hope Solo (Photo by Jane Gershovich)
With two Sounders FC games this week, it would be easy to forget that the Sounders Women have a sold out game on Friday. Let’s not, though, shall we? This is the final exhibition game before the start of the season. The opponent is none other than the UW Huskies. So far in their Spring season, the Huskies are 1-1-1, two of those games being against Seattle University. Portland beat them 2-0 in their first game of the Spring season for the second year in a row. That’s been put behind them, and now they are finding their form.
Lindsay Elston, who re-signed with the Sounders Women this season, is also a junior at the UW, and will be suiting up for them this Friday. The Sounders have plenty of Alums to make the game competitive and fun. I am sure that former Husky Veronica Perez will look forward to challenging keeper Kari Davidson with rocket shots on goal from beyond the 18. Kate Deines and Hope Solo, also former Huskies, will be in the back, making sure that the Sounders remain with a clean sheet.
A few huskies to watch for are a group of former high school and club teammates out of Eastlake. Molly Boyd (25) is a 5’9" defender that has started moving forward in the run of play. Jaclyn Softli (10) a 5’9" forward and Lyndsay Elston (21), along with forward Allie Beahan (15) should provide the firepower for the Huskies.
Lindsey Bos (6) and Chelsea Archer (3) also played for the U20 National team with our very own Lyndsay Elston. These opportunities to play outside of the UW contributes to the collective chemistry of the Dawgs, and should make them the most formidable team that we have faced yet this season. Chelsea’s twin sister, Christina Archer (14) was named the teams rookie of the year last season. Watch for her strong midfield play to link the game. Bos likes to move forward from the back, so look for exposure for Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe to exploit. This should be wicked fun.
The National Team members should be back for this game, along with the debut of one Miss Megan Rapinoe. She’s some kind of exciting, that really needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. Let’s not forget the outstanding Sounder players that will be rounding out this game, and every game after the National Team members head out for their call-up duties. They have been practicing hard for the past couple of weeks, to be sure the positioning and passes are more crisp.
This game has been sold out for three weeks. There are a very limited number of "standing room only" tickets that will be sold at the gate, two hours prior to match time. If you are planning on attending any games this season, you have to purchase single game tickets. Season Ticket packages are no longer on sale. The Sounders Women anticipate sellout crowds for several games. Plan ahead, and purchase those tickets now (click HERE to buy them). You don’t want to be left on the outside of Starfire when this team lights up the field.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. Parking is the usual mess, so arrive early, with plenty of patience, and $5.oo for the parking dude. See you there.