After the draw-that-feels-like a win on the road in LA, Tacoma Defiance kick off their 2021 home schedule tonight at 7 PM PT against San Diego Loyal. This is the return to Cheney Stadium for Loyal, who faced Defiance on the day that sports stopped in 2020. Tonight’s match is also a return for Trey Muse, the Seattle Sounders keeper on loan to Landon Donovan’s San Diego club. Muse started the majority of Tacoma’s matches in 2019.
Defiance midfielder Juan Alvarez scored a goal in a 1-0 win over Loyal in preseason. That match featured a handful of Tacoma players and the backend of the Seattle Sounders roster.
Reasons to Watch
- The Future is bright. Reed Baker-Whiting is the 17th HGP to sign with the first team and another sign that Lagerwey and Schmetzer see potential in Defiance. Five players involved in last night’s Seattle Sounders victory over San Jose played their first pro match with the organization as a part of S2/Defiance. Whether talents come from the Academy or sign from afar, the production of the development wing of Sounders FC is strong — see Nouhou, Delem, Atencio, Leyva, Dobbeleare.
- The Unexpected. Heart. Grit. There’s a tenacity to this year’s team. Unwilling to lay down, Defiance found a way to steal hope from LA. They aren’t going to get a penalty call every game. But you never know what’s going to happen.
- Wade Webber takes over. Webber is a soccer renaissance man who is now the head coach. We’ll get to discover his stamp on the team match-by-match in 2021. He’s pragmatic and demanding of success. Don’t be surprised if that shows up in how he builds these young men into pros.
- Two former SaH writers are on the broadcast. Yes, I can count to three. But also, after a pandemic year+, having a tiny bit of normal, with fans in the stands for this match, is a huge shift and boost for my spirits. Andrew Harvey is on play-by-play. I’m the analyst. There will be nerd jokes.
Tickets are still available
San Diego Loyal
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Thursday, May 13, 7 PM PT
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Online Streaming: ESPN+