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Seattle Impact notes: Tickets, tryouts, more

ImpactCrestA variety of notes from the club:

Tickets are now on sale and going fast for the Seattle Impact FC Inaugural Game. Impact FC plays its opening game of the 2014-15 Major Arena Soccer League season versus the 14-time indoor champion San Diego Sockers on November 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The MASL regular season begins in just two months and entire league and Seattle Impact FC schedules will be released soon. Seattle will play 10 dates at ShoWare, with the vast majority falling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Games on Fridays and Saturday nights will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday start times will be 4 p.m.

The MASL regular season extends through February with playoffs in March.Prices for all Impact FC home games start at just $9 and fans can select their own seats using the interactive ShoWare Center seating chart at www.SeattleImpactFC.com. Join us for what promises to be an exciting, entertaining and historical night for soccer in the Northwest.

Not Only Owner, Dion Earl to Play: Seattle head coach Jason Dunn has announced the signing of club owner Dion Earl as a player. Earl last played with the PASL Wenatchee Fire in 2009. After starring at Seattle Pacific University he played professionally for the Seattle Sounders, Seattle SeaDogs (where he was Dunn’s teammate) and Kansas City Attack of the NPSL.

“Dion is still a high-level athlete, always running, always staying fit,” says Dunn. “He’s an excellent defender, and it’s difficult finding seasoned, veteran defenders. He can not only defend and get out, but Dion and Jeff Bader give us stability in the back, a quality you see in the good teams.”

Seven players are now under contract to Impact FC for the 2014-15 season. Earl joins Bader, Francisco Cisneros, Gordy Gurson, Peter Sliwa, Andrew Croft and Micah Wenzel.

Team Tryouts Sept. 6-7: A strong group of up to 40 aspiring Impact FC players are converging on ShoWare Center September 6-7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Coach Jason Dunn expects the cast to include many players who played USL PRO and elsewhere outdoors this summer. So far Seattle has seven players under contract, leaving plenty of opportunities for trialists to impress and earn either preseason training camp invitation or contract offers from Impact FC. Players wishing to register for the tryout are to do so via the team website. Preseason training camp is scheduled for October 13-14 after which a roster of 22 players will be determined.

Ladies with Impact Auditions: Next weekend, September 6-7, are dance auditions for the Ladies with Impact. The organization is seeking talented dancers who can serve as ambassadors and entertainers at Impact FC games this season. Lauren Baumann and Elizabeth Busion have been named co-captains for Ladies with Impact. Serving as judges at the audition finals September 7 at ShoWare Center will be Terry Hollimon and former Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive back Marcus Trufant–co-hosts of The Barbershop–as well as UW legend and Super Bowl champ Lawyer Milloy, former soccer pro Ricci Greenwood and Janna Ford, past advisor to the Seattle SuperSonics dance team. Ladies with Impact audition are from 3-5 p.m. daily. Registration is available via www.SeattleImpactFC.com. Both player tryouts and dance auditions are closed to the public.

Impact FC at Saturday’s Kent Playfield Dedication: Look for Seattle Impact FC personalities at the City of Kent’s Wilson Playfields dedication this Saturday, September 6, beginning at 10 a.m. Impact FC owner/player Dion Earl will participate in the newly-surfaced playfields’ ribbon-cutting while Impact players will be on hand for photos and autographs at the team booth. Wilson Playfield is located on Kent’s East Hill at 13028 Southeast 251st Street.

Dressed for Success: Seattle Impact FC will be outfitted exclusively this inaugural MASL season by Lotto Team Sport, a storied supplier of soccer gear and distinctive playing kit since 1973. Impact FC uniforms will be unveiled for the first time at the Wilson Playfield dedication on Saturday, September 6.

Following Seattle Impact FC: Fans can stay up to date on the latest activities and announcements for Impact FC by following on Twitter (@seattleimpactfc), Facebook (www.facebook.com/realseattleimpactfc) or online at www.SeattleImpactFC.com.

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