SeaWolves to meet Crossfire in home soccer opener Friday night at Edmonds Stadium

Gene Tibbetts of the SeaWolves. (Photo by Joleen Sims)

After opening the season with a pair of games on the road, the North Sound SeaWolves FC will play its first game in its new home stadium Friday evening.

The SeaWolves (1-1) will meet the Washington Crossfire (2-1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Edmonds Stadium in a Premier Development League Northwest Division game.

“It’s always exciting to be at home, especially when it’s the first one of the season,” SeaWolves owner/coach Alex Silva said. “We’re thankful for the City of Edmonds and the Edmonds School District for welcoming us and we’re looking forward to putting on a good show for our fans.”

The SeaWolves are coming off of a 1-0 loss to the Crossfire on May 23. They opened the season with a 2-1 win over Fraser Valley on May 20.

“We’re still coming together and learning how to play as a team,” Silva said. “It helped to have this week of practice between games. I want to see us play more physical and come out stronger from the start. This will be a good test for us.”

North Sound’s goals have come from forwards Abdu Aman and Brady Ballew. Goal keeper Claudio Lazar has made 12 saves in two games.

The Crossfire are coming off of a 2-1 loss to Kitsap on Wednesday. The Redmond-based club is coached by former SeaWolves player Adam Nowland and is led by forward Eli Gordley, who has two goals, including the game-winner in the victory over the SeaWolves. Last season, Gordley scored seven goals and had four assists in just four games for the Kitsap Pumas. Adam Bonifacio and Nick James also have goals for the Crossfire.

“They’re a talented team,” Silva said. “But we didn’t give them our best effort the last time we played. I expect us to play much better this time, especially playing in front of our home fans.”

The SeaWolves are a member of the Premier Development League, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. Friday’s game will be the first of eight home matches to be played in June.

Note: SeaWolves to host pre-game scoring clinics

The SeaWolves will hold a unique Pre-Game Goal Scoring Clinic before eight of their home matches this season. Kids will have the chance to learn how to be better goal scorers or shot stoppers from Claudio Lazar GK and Abdu Aman Striker and other SeaWolves FC players that will be participating.

Boy and girl soccer players, aged 7-15, will enhance their soccer skills on the same field as the North Sound SeaWolves FC players. Pre-Game scoring clinics will end just 40minutes before North Sound SeaWolves FC take on their league rivals on the USL PDL.

Pre-Game Clinics cost $80. Each clinic will be 45 minutes long before the game. Along with the clinic, players will get two tickets to the match, tickets could go to whoever they want (Value $20 for the tickets) Kids participating on the clinic stay for free to watch the game.

Each clinic is limited to 40 athletes.

The first clinic is Friday, June 1, with check in at 5:45 and clinic running from 6:05-6:45 p.m.

You can find more information or register here.

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