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Rain pushes back softball tournaments

University softball coach Jon Schuh enjoys coaching girls for many reasons. One of those reasons was quite evident Friday when the State 4A softball tournament in Tacoma was postponed.


U.S. roster set; Brian Ching left off

BRISTOL, Conn. — The phones started ringing at 2 a.m., and players were told to come down to the third floor for a meeting. As Herculez Gomez pressed the elevator …


Saxons in position, thanks to hard work

Skill is definitely a required element in the game of soccer. There’s another intangible, though, that can be equally important – good fortune. Or in a word, luck.


Seattle Sounders suffer with sophomore slump

TUKWILA, Wash. – In Steve Zakuani’s opinion, the timeline simply flip-flopped by a year. The first year of the Seattle Sounders FC went so perfectly, the club never encountered the …


Coach of expansion Black Widows likes soccer team’s chances

First-year franchise + first-year frustrations = first-year flop. Jason Quintero understands the logic, because that’s how the equation often works out in any sport.


U.S. makes a pitch to host World Cup in 2018 or ’22

NEW YORK – The United States proposed holding the World Cup draw in Miami ahead of a tournament in 2018 or 2022 and suggested the possibility of hosting the opener …


Sports in brief: Sounders offer refund

SOCCER: After a disgraceful 4-0 loss at home to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Sounders FC forward/midfielder Steve Zakuani said the fans deserve an apology and shouldn’t have had to pay …


Donovan, Buddle baffle Seattle Sounders

SEATTLE – To Landon Donovan, the question is without debate: Los Angeles teammate Edson Buddle should be part of the U.S. national team training camp for the World Cup. Donovan …


Stumbling Sounders could use win

SEATTLE – Sounders FC could really use a victory today. Seattle comfortably won its season opener, but ever since that game, despite showing signs of improvement in its play, Sounders …


Sounders settle for tie

FRISCO, Texas – Jeff Cunningham scored his second penalty-kick goal of the game just before the final whistle to give FC Dallas a 2-2 tie with the Seattle Sounders FC …


Hamer mixes Mead chemistry

Mead coach Matt Stueckle knew he had a special kind of soccer player in then-freshman Nick Hamer the day he posed a question to his older brother, Jason, who was …


Panthers protect first-place position

Ben Doggett used his head Wednesday to help keep Mead in first place in Greater Spokane League boys soccer. Doggett’s assist – off his head – set up Nick Hamer’s …


Greg Lee: Thoreson demanded hard work

A handful of high school coaches have made an impression on me in my 26 years prowling the prep beat in these parts.


GNL soccer: Cheney wins showdown

Mark Kiver, Cheney’s first-year boys soccer coach, made no effort to downplay the importance of his team’s 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Medical Lake Tuesday afternoon in Medical Lake. “It’s …


Cougars dealt tough hand

There are probably some Washington State University soccer fans who feel the NCAA selection committee shortchanged their Cougars as far as the bracketing for this year’s Division I championship is …


Houston bounces Sounders

HOUSTON – What began with such a bang almost seven months ago, on that magical night in downtown Seattle when Sounders FC’s inaugural season opened in grand victory, ended ever …


Prep soccer: Vikings, T-Wolves advance

Idaho 5A soccer teams Coeur d’Alene and Lake City have advanced to a date Saturday for state tournament seeding. The Inland Empire League regular-season champion Vikings (9-5-3) eliminated Lewiston (4-7-5) …


In brief: Late goal helps U.S. tie Costa Rica

Men’s soccer: Jonathan Bornstein headed in a corner kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Costa Rica on Wednesday night in …


Vikings turn back Lake City

Jordon Eborall can usually tell how well his Coeur d’Alene High boys soccer team is going to play during prematch warmups. The senior midfielder thought the Vikings might struggle Thursday …


Prep roundup: Tigers knock Wildcats from unbeaten ranks

Sarah Barrentine and Annie Pokorny scored goals 11 minutes apart in the second half to guide the host Lewis and Clark Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Mt. Spokane …


Spokane’s ‘Mr. Soccer’ dies

Cor van der Meer, the founder and former longtime coach of the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Community Colleges of Spokane and one of the sport’s best-known regional personalities, …


Men’s soccer preview: Gonzaga expects solid season

Gonzaga University men’s soccer coach Einar Thorarinsson liked the makeup of his veteran team heading into the 2009 season, and the Bulldogs (1-1-2) have done nothing in their first four …


U.S. soccer team closes in on another World Cup berth

The United States moved within a win of its sixth straight World Cup appearance, beating Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 Wednesday night on Ricardo Clark’s goal in the 62nd minute in …


Sounders vs. United in controversy cup

WASHINGTON – D.C. United have screamed it loud and clear, on the Internet and in full-page newspaper ads: “WE WIN TROPHIES.” The Seattle Sounders hear screams as well, echoing from …


Sounders dominate

CARSON, Calif. – David Beckham was ejected for a studs-up challenge in the 17th minute, and the Los Angeles Galaxy finished with nine men in a 2-0 loss to the …


Sounders face titanic task

SEATTLE – It was supposed to be a simple assignment for the Travel Channel: go to Spain and document the passion and simmering animosity in the rivalry between Real Madrid …


Beckham’s back, but does anybody care?

To: David Beckham From: Couch Slouch


Sounders scoot past MLS-leading Dynamo

SEATTLE – Defender Patrick Ianni scored on a bicycle kick during the first minute of the second half, and the Seattle Sounders rallied for a 2-1 win over the MLS-leading …


In brief: U.S. can’t hold off Brazil in Cup final

Soccer: Brazil picked up the pace just in time Sunday, waking up from a slow start to beat the United States 3-2 at Johannesburg and win its second consecutive Confederations …


U.S. soccer team reigns over No. 1 Spain

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa – The world will surely take notice of this. The U.S. soccer team is in the final of the Confederations Cup, beating mighty Spain 2-0.