Sounders Women started their road trip with a tough victory over the Santa Clarita Blue Heat. It was not an easy victory. The heat was an energy sapper, and the Blue Heat were aggressive and ready for a win. Lyndsey Patterson scored the lone goal of the game early in the first half, and the Sounders hung on tightly to that lead. It very nearly slipped away near the end of the game, but Kelli Smith was up to the task of stopping their constant attacks, and second half sub Katie Hultin cleaned up what Kelli couldn't.
Tonight they face the LA Strikers. This is the final home game for the Strikers, and they are feeling pretty full of themselves since they beat the Colorado Rapids 3-2. The game prior to that, they tied the Colorado Rush.
The Sounders will be ready. They will be joined for the final two games by Annie Sittauer and Lindsay Elston. Both women were busy with school and had to miss the Wednesday game. It shouldn’t be quite as hot this evening either. The Sounders enjoyed themselves yesterday with an excursion to the Six Flags water park. They should be well rested and ready to push the Strikers. They beat the Strikers at Home in June 4-0. I wouldn’t expect the same trouncing, as the Strikers are more comfortable in their home stadium, and this is the second match with travel for the Ladies in Rave Green. I do expect a victory though. You can listen along at 1150 AM, or streamed at 1150KKNW.com.
A side note: it has been confirmed that Kate Deines and Veronica Perez have joined Stjarnan in Iceland. They will be leaving right after the Sounders season ends. I find it sad and a little disturbing that the best women in US soccer have to leave this country in order to make a living playing the beautiful game. We have lost Keelin Winters to Germany, Deines and Perez to Iceland and Megan Manthey to France. Those are just the ones that have announced their plans. What about the National Team members? If the powers that be don’t form a league that can pay players here at home, then how long will our USWNT dominate?