Local soccer legend Mike Ryan is turning 77 years old on Feb. 14 and he’s inviting all his friends to come celebrate.
By my knowledge, the coach at Nathan Hale High School doesn’t have a Twitter account, so he could use some help spreading the word. He’s hoping to reconnect with the folk he used to play soccer with at Woodland Park. I wrote this profile on Ryan several years ago.
The party will be at Noble Court Restaurant in Bellevue (1644 140th Ave NE) and the fun goes at from 7 to 10 p.m.
After the jump I’ve collected a bunch of other links (a few of ’em will be old news to some of you):
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— Gary Wright, the Sounders FC vice president of business operations, has been named the Seattle Sports Star Executive of the Year. I wrote a short story on him for Monday’s paper and interestingly he was set to retire before this season, but will be back for 2012.
— Here’s a short note that might’ve been lost in the mix last week. Kasey Keller has been inducted to the U.S. Youth Soccer Hall of Fame as a member of its 2011 class. The Sounders FC broadcaster and former goalkeeper started playing youth soccer in Washington as an under-7 player and will be honored at an awards gala Feb. 17 in Boston. The full profile of the Olympia native is available here.
— Our old friend Jose Romero caught up with a couple Sounders in U.S. men’s national camp. Here’s an update with Brad Evans and another with Jeff Parke. The league website also caught up with Parke. It sounds like they each played 45 minutes in a 4-0 scrimmage win against the U.S. U-23s.
— It sounds like the Sounders went hard after Federal Way’s Kelyn Rowe in the MLS SuperDraft. Rowe instead went to New England with the No. 3 overall pick.
— The Kitsap Pumas of Bremerton will be returning to the U.S. Open Cup in 2012, according to this announcement of the 16 participating PDL teams.
— FC Dallas native George John, a Shoreline native, will be joining English club West Ham United on a two-month loan with an option to buy. John played at Shorewood High School and collegiately at the University of Washington.
— It looks like Tanzanian forward/midfielder Mrisho Ngassa, a trialist from last year, will be returning to train with the team in preseason.
— Steve Zakuani and authors Clare Meeker and Jesse Joshua Watson will be at Secret Garden books in Ballard on Jan. 21 from 3-5 p.m. Zakuani will be there to talk about his non-profit Kingdom Hope. Here’s more information on the event.
— Here’s the latest from local company Korrio, which is helping to raise awareness and make more information available on concussions in youth soccer.
— Lastly, as per usual, some entertainment from Soccer AM‘s “Showboat.”