The Sideline

Friday, August 28, 2015 This Week's Paper

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has released the 30-man roster for the Men's 2014 World Cup and three Seattle Sounders - including former Sounders U-23 standout - DeAndre Yedlin have made the squad.

The 20-year old Yedlin is a graduate from Seattle's O'Dea high school and spent the 2012 season with the Sounders U-23 (formerly Tacoma Tide) - helping lead the club to the Western Conference championship in the Premier Development League.

Since being signed by the Seattle Sounders, Yedlin has appeared in 42 matches for the MSL club.

Klinsmann also named the Sounders' Clint Dempsey as captain of the U.S. team, which also included teammate Brad Evans.

The U.S. begins World Cup play against Ghana June 16, followed by Portugal June 22 and Germany June 26 in Brazil.

The Sounders U-23 home opener is May 25 against the Puget Sound Gunners at Sumner's Sunset Chevrolet Stadium at 2:00 p.m.

The Sounders U-23 FC fought its way through a rough first twenty of soccer Monday night May 5 at Sumner's Sunset Chevrolet Stadium. Having just a couple of weeks of practice under their kits, the team looked a little off-balanced and unfamiliar with each other.

Twenty was all it took though, as the Sounders began a constant assault on the Western Washington University goal and dictated the flow for most of the remainder of the game.

Coming into the game the visiting Vikings had already played four matches in their spring club schedule and at first-whistle looked sharper and seemed ready to deliver a rough-brand of soccer to the Sounders.

After sorting things out, the Sounders found their own groove, but just couldn't find the back of the nets as they out-shot WWU 18-4.

Former Stadium Tiger Jamael Cox showed flashes of brilliance, missing three shots by mere feet, two of which found the crossbar and the post.

Goalkeeper Jake Feener started and Jordan Jennings, another Stadium Tiger, took over at the second-half whistle to complete the clean-sheet shutout for the Sounders.

The Sounders U-23 play two more "friendly" matches before opening league play in the Premier Development League May 25 hosting the Puget Sound Gunners at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium.

The TCC Titans suffered their first conference loss of the season, falling to the Lower Columbia Red Devils by a score of 6-3 in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader at Minnitti Field on Saturday afternoon.

Joey Gamache took the loss for the Titans, he gave up six runs with five of them earned in eight and one-third innings of work. While Gamache lost his radar giving up three runs in both the second and nine innings, TCC would strand 12 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in both the fifth and the eigth innings.

In the nightcap freshman Justin Vernia worked four-plus innings but with two rain delays playing with the field readiness and Tacoma holding a 2-0 lead, the game was called and will be resumed on either Monday or Tuesday afternoon back in Tacoma with Lower Columbia having a runner on first and nobody out in the aforementioned top of the fifth inning.

The two teams will travel to southwest Washington to play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, weather permitting. The Titans will take a 17-1 conference record into that game while Lower Columbia improved to 12-6 and has a stranglehold on the third and final spot for the NWAAC baseball playoffs on May 22.

The Titans will then face cross-town rival and second place Pierce College next weekend. They will play two on Friday afternoon at one and three o’clock at Minnitti field while Pierce will host a twin bill at Mount Tahoma High School at the same times on Saturday afternoon.

Since the opening match of the 3A Narrows boys soccer season, the Wilson Rams have been at the top of the league standings. One goal is all it took for the Foss Falcons to leap-frog to the top as they handed Wilson its first Narrows loss 1-0 Friday night at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

But they're going to need some help to stay there.

Heading into the match, Foss trailed Wilson by two points in the overall standings 24-22 (3 points for victories and 1 point for ties) and even with a win they knew they might need some help from other teams over the remaining schedule as a quirk in the schedule leaves Wilson with three games left to Foss' two.

Seventeen minutes into the match senior midfielder Jose Ramos broke past the Wilson defense and lobbed a shot over the head of Wilson goalkeeper Alec Greenleaf. Greenleaf had a bead on the ball and came out of the box as Ramos charged, but the Falcon got a toe under it just feet before the freshman sensation arrived and Foss took the lead 1-0.

Foss (8-1-1 Narrows) held off a furious Wilson club the rest of the way. The Rams (8-1 Narrows) had several opportunities and near-misses in the second half but were unable to shake the Falcons' swarming defense.

Several yellow cards were dealt out during the match and a full-on scrum occurred with 6 minutes remaining to play following a Wilson handball in front of the Foss goal. Luckily for both squads the pushing and shoving failed to escalate into fists and order was shortly restored.

Foss hosts third-place Shelton Tuesday night at Mount Tahoma Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Wilson will host the always-dangerous Mount Tahoma club at Stadium Bowl at 7:15 p.m.

The best competition within Tacoma this spring has been in the 3A Narrows and it looks as thought it's going to come down to the wire.

The Wilson boys got a taste of the rear-view-mirror Monday night at Stadium Bowl as the North Thurston Rams scored the first Narrows League goals against them so far this season.

North Thurston midfielder Ben Hassan got behind the back-right of the Wilson defense and capitalized on a one-on-one opportunity with Goalkeeper Alek Greenleaf and drove the 50/50 ball into the back of the net. It was the first time Wilson had trailed in 3A Narrows action through 6 contests.

After several near-misses, thirteen minutes later Wilson gained the equalizer when forward Kenneth Bwanika pushed a perfect pass into the box from the right wing to Munassar Saleh, who punched in a left footer into the goal for a 1-1 tie.

North Thurston would not quit, as eleven minutes later Hassan drilled a free kick from 28 yards out over Greenleaf’s leap to find the back of the net and Wilson trailed 2-1 going into the half.

Just over eleven minutes into the second half Wilson had a corner kick and Saleh short-passed quickly to Aarjay Nayajan who sent a beautiful kick into the box and junior Louis Fox skipped a header into the back of the net. Game Tied 2-2.

Six minutes later senior Scott Sheerer launched an impressive throw-in deep into the box and North Thurston goalkeeper Connor Hawthorne couldn’t get a handle on the ball. The ball dropped at Nick Rhode’s feet and he nudged the ball into the goal for ultimately the game winner at 3-2.

Junior Andres Coronado and Bwanika added late goals to push Wilson to a 5-2 victory. Wilson stands 7-0 in Narrows League action with five league tilts left on the schedule.

Wilson versus Foss at Mount Tahoma Stadium Friday Night at 6:30 may very well be the game of the year in Narrows League play.

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