There's a lot of soccer history in the Greater Puget Sound. But no week is as good as the one that starts now. Just counting the highest level pro sides and the Copa America there are six games in eight days. Those matches include regular season performances by the Seattle Reign (hosting the Dash, visiting Sky Blue), an Open Cup match between the Seattle Sounders and the cross-Sound Kitsap Pumas, Argentina against Bolivia and the United States facing one of Brazil/Ecuador/Peru in a Copa America quarterfinal. The Sounders also have a road match on Saturday when they head off to play New York Red Bulls.
On top of all of that your local soccer bar, or home TV, will be full of Euro 2016 action by day and Copa America games by night. Do you need a local dessert? Monday night SonarFeed (where I'm a frequent irregular cohost) will have Herculez Gomez on live from The Berliner Pub in Renton. Herc just got done as an analyst for FoxSports during the Copa. He might have a few things to discuss.
Let's set the schedule.
Sunday June 12th 4 PM Memorial Stadium - Seattle Reign vs Houston Dash. Get ready with our Three Questions and then head out into the sunshine and start your soccer week with this amuse-bouche. Fishlock is back; Little is still the greatest women's soccer player who didn't go to the World Cup.
Monday June 13th 7:30 PM The Berliner Pub - Herculez Gomez will talk about himself, the USMNT, playing in Mexico, the Copa, his time in Toronto, his expectations in Seattle and his favorite tacos. Two to four dudes will just stare at him in awe.
Tuesday June 14th 7 PM CenturyLink Field - Lionel Messi, possibly the greatest to ever play the sport, will lead Argentina against Bolivia. FoxSports1 and UniMas are carrying the match on TV, but you get to see Messi in a competitive match in the same stadium where you watch Alonso, Marshall and Morris. Just for good measure, S2 will be visiting Portland to play T2 for a 7 p.m. game at Providence Park.
Wednesday June 15th 7:30 PM Starfire Sports Stadium - After last year's disaster of a match the Sounders will be without head coach Sigi Schmid, Brad Evans and Clint Dempsey (due to suspension, not just USMNT duties). Again, the Sounders face a local "rival" but this one is PDL powerhouse Kitsap Pumas. The lone pro side in the amateur divisions has two former Sounders Academy players (Ian Lange, John Bangsund), a former S2 player (Mike Ramos), Seattle U star Hamza Haddadi and a smattering of MISL/USL/college talents looking to prove to scouts that they are ready to be full-time pros.
Wednesday June 15th time TBD Doyle's Pub, Tacoma - This is AO Seattle's classic "Night Before" party. In Philadelphia Jurgen Klinsmann was a surprise guest. For the Seattle/Tacoma event who knows who will show up!?
Thursday June 16th 6:30 PM CenturyLink Field - The United States faces one of Brazil/Ecuador/Peru in a battle to advance to the Copa America semi-finals. This is without a doubt the biggest competitive soccer match in Seattle history. It edges out the World Cup Qualifiers because this is a win-or-go-home situation. Just like the June 2013 qualifier against Panama, a star forward will play in his club's home stadium. Maybe just like that 2013 match a national team player will decide it is time to become a Sounder.
Friday June 17th - Your rest day. You only need to watch soccer on TV or online. There are 4 games.
Saturday June 18th - another rest day. You only need to watch soccer on TV or online. There are 5 games. Maybe you could play the game yourself a bit, or go for a hike. The weather is supposed to be a perfect Seattle day.
Sunday June 19th 3 PM Yurcak Field Rutger's University, New Jersey - The Reign need to make a push up the standings. Two games against other midtable sides (Seattle is bracketed by Sky Blue/Dash) is the time to do that.
Sunday June 19th 4:30 PM Red Bull Arena - This is your final course of the Best Ever Seattle Soccer Week meal. The trip out East for the Sounders comes after two and a half week break from MLS play. Seattle started that break with a road win. If they are going to make a summer surge (as they have a history of doing) they need a win. A draw will be enough to spur a run towards the playoffs.
You're probably not going to be able to experience everything as some of the activities overlap. Sounder at Heart will be able to experience everything. We will have people covering every single local high level local soccer event.