Pin It
Favorite

Kickin' It 

by Angela Johnson


Soccer fans have a goal to accomplish this June: see a major league game at Joe Albi Stadium.


The Major League Soccer (MLS) team the San Jose Earthquakes will be playing the Seattle Sounders of the United Soccer League's A-League, on Wednesday.


"We are very excited to be bringing a major league event to Joe Albi Stadium," says Bobby Brett, Spokane Shadow soccer team president and owner. "This is great for the Shadow, great for soccer in Spokane and great to see that Joe Albi can attract events of this magnitude."


The San Jose Earthquakes are the top team in the Western Division of MLS. Their team includes Jeff Agoos, a three-time Major League Soccer All-Star, and Landon Donovan, who is considered one of the top American soccer players.


The Seattle Sounders is also a strong team.


"They're in the A-League playoffs every year," says Jeff Robbins, general manager of the Spokane Shadow.


Several Sounders coming to play in the Spokane game are former Shadows, including Chad Brown, Kieran Barton, Mark Hogenhout and Ryan Edwards.


"This game is part of the commitment the Sounders have made to support soccer in the Pacific Northwest," says Brad Kimura, the Sounders general manager.


The two teams have met twice before, each winning one game.


"We are excited to play in Spokane and face the Sounders again," says Chris Chamides, senior director for the San Jose Earthquakes.


One of the reasons this Major League game is coming to Spokane is because of the working relationship between Robbins and the Seattle Sounders. "It's something we've been working on for a number of years," he says.


The San Jose Earthquakes are required to play their affiliate -- the Seattle Sounders -- for exhibition games. This will count as a home game for the Sounders, regardless that it will be played in Spokane.


Although anything can happen, this could be a goal-heavy, exciting match, since the Earthquakes are playing a team that is one division lower than its own. There are four divisions in soccer. After the Major League and A-League divisions, there is the Division 3 Pro League followed by the Premier Development League (which the Shadow plays in).


"Soccer has quite a following in Spokane," says Grant Riddle, director of sponsorships for the Spokane Shadow.


This event is especially exciting for the young soccer players in the area, because it is a great opportunity to see professional soccer players in action, Robbins says.


"There are around 10,000 kids who play soccer in the Spokane area," Robbins says. He adds that soccer is the top participation sport for children under 12.


Riddle calls this major league event "a once in a lifetime experience" and an unbelievable opportunity for youth to see such a high level of talent.


Approximately 1,500 people come to Joe Albi to watch the Shadow each game. The Shadow's goal is to increase the number of games people come to see, which is hard, since there is a lot of competition in the family entertainment field during the summer. Ticket sales response for the game has been good so far, with about 2,000 tickets sold. Robbins hopes this game will attract more people to Joe Albi, which could turn more people on to coming out to see the Shadow, too.


"An MLS team playing in front of Spokane soccer fans is truly a reward for their continued support," Riddle says.


The Seattle Sounders play the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, June 6, at 6:30 pm at Joe Albi Stadium.


Tickets: $14, adults reserved; $10, general admission;


$8, youth, senior and military reserved; $7,


general admission for members of those groups.


Call: 326-GOAL or (800) 325-SEAT.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • An Eye for Every Storm
  • An Eye for Every Storm

    After losing out to Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene gets its crisis center; now the city has to prove it works
    • Feb 4, 2016
  • 'Evil Intent'
  • 'Evil Intent'

    Monique Cotton resigns from Spokane's parks division; plus, Washington state lawmakers take up the issue of police violence
    • Feb 4, 2016
  • The Macy's Plan
  • The Macy's Plan

    Council President Ben Stuckart doesn't just want to sit back and let the market decide what happens to the Macy's building
    • Feb 4, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Monster Jam

Monster Jam @ Spokane Arena

Feb. 5-7

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Angela Johnson

  • Whole-body healing

    What may sound like hocus-pocus to many Americans is actually considered a very simple, effective and accepted way of healing in many countries around the world. Treating the whole person isn't often practiced in Western medicine, but it
    • Aug 16, 2001
  • Rejuvenation street

    That was old will be new again -- and old. The highly anticipated plans for the renovation of the South Perry District will be made available to the public at the second annual South Perry Summer Street Faire, this Saturday. The plans boa
    • Jul 18, 2001
  • Grab your magic notebooks

    It's hard to believe the effect Blue's Clues has on a child until you witness a 2-year-old sit in one place to watch it. Keeping a toddler this age still for 30 minutes is an amazing feat, but I've seen it with my own eyes. Now you can
    • Jul 5, 2001
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Sacred Mt. Spokane

    Economic possibility is not a good enough reason to destroy the Spokane Tribe's holy land
    • Jan 14, 2016
  • White Men With Guns

    The illegal occupation in eastern Oregon is the epitome of white privilege
    • Jan 7, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

ELECTION 2016


Comment


Briefs


Marijuana


trail mix


Readers also liked…

  • Red Light, Green Light
  • Red Light, Green Light

    Sandpoint bypass construction prep reveals an older, raunchier city
    • Mar 11, 2010
  • A Year of Freedom
  • A Year of Freedom

    Jason Baldwin talks about the death penalty, his future and how it feels for the West Memphis Three to finally be free
    • Jul 18, 2012

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation