Hello Sounders FC fans! My move to the beat is now official, so it’s time to formally introduce myself.
As many of you who have been following the team’s coverage for the last month know, my name is Joshua Mayers. I am a 24-year-old soccer nut from Bellingham in my fifth year working for The Seattle Times.
I was hired in August of 2005 as a part-time news assistant in the Sports department while studying journalism at the University of Washington. Over the years here I worked my way up from answering phone calls and entering high-school sports schedules to covering games and writing stories.
When Jose Romero resigned to move to Arizona, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to take over the beat. Being a professional soccer writer is an incredible opportunity and a dream job for me. I am determined to prove to Sounders FC fans that I’m the right person for the job.
The main goal for me is to appeal to a wide audience as I cover Sounders FC and the beautiful game around the soccer world. Along with my coverage of the team, I hope to provide updates from around Major League Soccer, on the U.S. men’s national team in preparation for this summer’s World Cup, big games and tournaments in Europe and, finally, major news in local youth soccer.
I want to have all the answers for the hard-core supporters, and also be there for those who are on the fence about soccer or are curious about the sport. So feel free to ask questions anytime – whether it is about the last man on the roster or explaining the offside rule. Also, don’t be afraid to offer suggestions or criticisms. I am willing to listen.
I want this sport to succeed in this country and for that to happen, soccer coverage needs to be approachable to everyone.
Finally, I want to say that Seattle fans make this job special. Some 30,000 screaming supporters at every game have shown that they deserve well-rounded coverage and I am extremely excited to bring it to you, whether it is when the team is doing well or when it is struggling.
You can contact me at jmayers@seattletimes and be sure to follow me on Twitter @joshuamayers
Let’s work together to keep Seattle the heart of soccer in America.