2004 Mar 1
From today's Sounders news release:
(Seattle, Wash.) - The Seattle Sounders today announced the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, a new 54-acre premier facility, will serve as the official training site of the Sounders during the 2004 season.
"My players are excited about training at such a first class facility," said Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. "They have the newest generation of FieldTurf, fully dialed-in to soccer specifications. This surface gives a true bounce, and is the closest thing to real grass. My goalkeepers will love the natural grass area so they can ease the wear and tear on their bodies."
"It is the first soccer-only facility that was designed and built with the development of this sport and the local players in mind," said Schmetzer. "I know that they have many teams, from youth, adult and now the professional ranks, that call Starfire their home."
"From its inception, the Starfire Sports Complex was intended to provide a world-class soccer environment for youth, amateur, and professional teams," said Chris Slatt, chairman and chief executive officer of Starfire Sports. "We're delighted that the Sounders have chosen our complex as their training home for the upcoming season and proud to host such an outstanding organization."
Sounders training officially begins on April 1st with signed roster players in attendance. The Sounders christen the new facility on April 3rd when they begin their preseason against La Liga Hispana All-Stars at 7pm.
Tickets are available immediately on a first-come first-serve basis and can be obtained by contacting Starfire at 206.431.3232 or www.starfiresports.com.
Prior to the exhibition match at Starfire, there will be a drop-in soccer clinic for those in attendance. The clinic will be instructed by Starfire Trainers including former U.S. National Soccer Team member Michelle French, Sounders players, Olympic Development Players and the Liga Hispana All-Stars.
"We get to play our games in a great stadium, and now our training facility exceeds our expectations," said Schmetzer. "I am personally excited for the 'Head Tennis' matches to be played on their pre-set fields."
Starfire will also host two Sounders Women matches on June 25th and July 2nd.
Starfire Sports is a non-profit organization providing the opportunity for all youth to experience the positive impact of team sports through soccer programs at the premier soccer tournament facility on the West Coast. The organization operates a 54-acre family soccer complex in Tukwila, which will include a state-of-the-art athletic center and outdoor stadium. The soccer complex provides a platform for Starfire's training and outreach programs and a place for youth and adult teams throughout the region to play. For further information on the company, please visit www.starfiresports.com.
For more information about the Sounders please visit www.seattlesounders.net.