With all the press releases I get in my inbox, gathering them into one post might be the only way I can get to all of them. So here go:
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Pumas to Play First-Ever Professional Soccer Match On Deck of Aircraft Carrier
Bremerton, Wash. – The Kitsap Pumas today announced that the club will play the first-ever professional soccer match on the deck of an aircraft carrier, in this case, the recently decommissioned Kitty Hawk which is docked in Bremerton.
The Pumas’ opponent will be the English National Beach Soccer team, captained by Puma forward and fan favorite Tony Kerr, who is also a fixture in the English side.
To accommodate the unique aspects of beach soccer the club is considering bringing in over 60,000 cubic yards of sand to simulate the conditions of beach soccer. The other half of the field will be natural grass.
“What I’m hearing is that half the field will be sand and the other a portable grass/tile system. We’ll switch sides at the half,” said Kerr. “I applaud the organization for coming up with such an innovative idea.”
Kerr, when asked which side he favors and which side he will play for responded affirmatively: “I have been treated well by the people of Kitsap so my allegiance, though strong for my country, is nearly equal toward our supporters here. I hope to play for both sides.”
Tickets will be on sale as soon as remaining logistical matters are worked out.
“Out of bounds plays will be a little problematic,” said Pumas head coach Peter Fewing, “but there really isn’t anything I’ve not seen this organization nor my players overcome so far.”
The Kitty Hawk-class supercarriers of the United States Navy were an incremental improvement on the Forrestal-class vessels. Four were built, all in the 1960s, Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (1961-2009), Constellation (CV-64) (1961-2003), America (CV-66) (1965-1996) and John F. Kennedy (CV-67) (1967-2007). All are now decommissioned.
“This should be a grand spectacle,” said Pumas owner Robin Waite. “We’re going to hopefully present something special and memorable – and at a highly affordable price. Life rafts will be provided upon request.”
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Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls – April 3 at 7:30 p.m. PT on Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field
Winner of its last four regular season matches dating back to last season, the Seattle Sounders FC gets a visit from a club which is beginning to regain its footing, the New York Red Bulls. Sounders FC and the Red Bulls, each victorious in their opening MLS game, meet on Saturday night on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Seattle (1-0-0), which defeated Philadelphia Union, 2-0, in MLS First Kick 2010, seeks to mimic the 3-0-0 start of its inaugural season with another win this week. Three of the ensuing four matches will be played on the road.
New York (1-0-0) beat Chicago, 1-0, last Saturday for its first opening-day win since 2004, and did so before a near capacity crowd at its beautiful new stadium, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
In some ways the two sides have switched roles since their first face-off about a year ago. On March 19, 2009, Seattle was the untested, enigmatic team while New York was settled and coming off an appearance in MLS Cup 2008. Sounders FC prevailed, 3-0, and went on to make the playoffs and win the U.S. Open Cup.
The Red Bulls plummeted to the bottom of the table, finishing with only five wins in 2009. They have since hired a new coach, overhauled their roster and moved from cavernous Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands to the new state-of-the-art, soccer-specific facility.
Seattle’s regular season win streak dates back to October 3, 2009 and a 1-0 win at Columbus. Victories over Kansas City and Dallas followed at the end of the season.
Sounders FC travels to Sandy, Utah, on April 10 for defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake’s home opener at 6 p.m. PT.
To purchase tickets to future home games, call 1-877-MLS-GOAL, visit www.SoundersFC.com, any Ticketmaster outlet or the Qwest Field Box office.
Official Sounders FC game notes for this week’s match against New York are available at http://www.soundersfc.com/Game-Notes/2010/Releases.aspx.
Broadcast Information (all times Pacific)
National TV: Fox Soccer Channel
Talent: Todd Grisham, Brian Dunseth, Christopher Sullivan, Mark Rogondino
Local Radio: KIRO 97.3FM
Talent: Arlo White
Pregame Radio Talent: Alan Hinton with Matt Johnson
Spanish Local Radio: Ke Buena 1210AM
Talent: Rene Aleman, Noe Menendez and Victor Hernandez
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First Legion of Xtreme Soccer Fans ‘Crusade’ Benefit Launches at Sluggers
The Legion of Xtreme Soccer Fans are conducting their first ‘Crusade’ – a membership and donation drive which will strategically coincide with the first Seattle Sounders FC away match for the 2010 season. The Legion chose their first official membership drive to take place on the evening of Saturday, April 10, the night that the Sounders FC play their first regular season away game in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they will face the MLS 2009 defending champion Real Salt Lake. The ‘Crusade’ will take place at Sluggers Bar and Grill, which is the official headquarters of The Legion for the 2010 season. The event is commencing at 5:00 PM, roughly an hour before the scheduled kickoff of the Sounders away match. Sluggers is located at 538 1st Avenue South in Seattle, just northwest of Qwest Field. Families are welcome to this event, as children are welcome at Sluggers until 9:00 pm.
Legion of Xtreme Soccer Fans membership kits will be sold and distributed during the event, and donations for Seattle Children’s Hospital will be collected at the door, with a minimum suggested donation of $10 per person. The Seattle Sounders FC organization has generously donated autographed merchandise that will be auctioned at the event during halftime. 10% of all Legion of Xtreme Soccer Fans membership dues and merchandise sales goes directly to Seattle Children’s Hospital. All proceeds from the auction, as well as all donations collected during the event will also benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The Legion of Xtreme Soccer Fans is a professional soccer (supporter) fan group that encourages extreme support of the Seattle Sounders FC professional soccer franchise. And while its heart and home is based in Seattle, the group has plans to grow regionally and nationally in the future. As KC Dochtermann, President and Director of the Marketing of the organization said, “We seek to emulate the same model that the Sounders FC has brought to the MLS in the form of building enthusiasm and passion for the sport at the fan level nationwide.” The intention of the Legion of Xtreme Soccer Fans is indeed to take fan support to the ‘next level’. This would include demonstrating support by dressing up ‘xtremely’, including wearing wild costumes, colored hair, face paint, etc. But a more profound reason for formation of the Legion of Xtreme Soccer Fans is to raise funding for pediatric medical institutions, such as Seattle Children’s Hospital, based in Seattle, Washington.