If the Seattle/Vancouver Cascadia match was the main course, and the USMNT game against Panama is the dessert, there's still some .. soup... on the menu? No, you don't eat soup before dessert. Okay, if Seattle/Vancouver was the appetizer and US/Panama is the main course, there's still. . breadsticks? Okay, forget the meal analogy.
Anyway, if you're still buzzing from the elation of Seattle's comeback win over Vancouver and looking for something to hold you over until the historic men's national team match on Tuesday, there are plenty of options on Sunday.
This weekend will be your last chance to see the Sounders Academy teams in the Seattle area this season as they play their final regular season matches before yet another trip to the playoffs for both the U18s and U16s. This finale is technically an away match, but it's at Crossfire so it's not very away. It'll be played at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, which is probably closer than Crossfire for many of you. The U18s — maybe featuring newly minted US national Jordan Morris — are scheduled to kick off at 11am and the U16s at 1:30pm. Both teams are locked into 2nd place in the Western Conference and a playoff spot, so this one should be pretty relaxed. Just kidding. . it's against Crossfire, so don't be surprised if there's some argy-bargy.
At 2, just after the U16s start, the Sounders U23s will kick off against the Timbers U23s in a battle at the top of the PDL Northwest Division standings. The Sounders, much like the senior team, have recovered from four consecutive losses to open their season and have now won their last three. A win over the Timbers would put them in a tie for top of the division. Last week, Academy alumnus and Wake Forest striker Sean Okoli rejoined the team, so the attack should be invigorated. That match will be at Tumwater High School south of Olympia, so if you're a Thurston or Lewis County Sounder, that'll be a good chance to see the Rave Green.
If you can't even be arsed to leave your house — or you forgot to hydrate after postmatch celebrations and are suffering under a massive hangover — you can stay in bed and follow the Sounders Women as they take on W-League titans Pali Blues. The Women are undefeated so far this season and are on top of the Western Conference, but the Blues routinely win matches by 4 or 5 goals. Last season they gave up three goals in 14 regular season games and made it to the W-League championship match (after eliminating the Sounders from the playoffs) where they lost in penalties to Ottawa. So this will not be an easy one. It'll be on radio only, so you'll have to engage the theater of your mind to see it. Or go to LA, and I don't recommend that.
Finally, pro play resumes in the evening when the Reign host FC Kansas City at Starfire. Seattle is still searching for its first win in the NWSL, but last week they looked sharp and motivated against the Portland Thorns before losing to a penalty call so bad that the Professional Referee Organization publicly disowned it. The attendance in that match also showed a nice bump after slipping through the early season. Tomorrow we find out if that was more about Alex Morgan coming to town or a long-term change in the trend. Hope Solo finally joining the club after injury probably helped the attendance, and it definitely helped the stability of the defense. FCKC is another difficult team with a very strong midfield, but it would be a perfect opportunity to get off the schneid before the Reign have to travel back to Portland next week.
So all in all, there's really no reason you have to stop enjoying and supporting the beautiful game in Seattle through the weekend.