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Impact opens at 7:30 against indoor giant

[caption id="attachment_48931" align="alignright" width="200"] Dion Earl Dion Earl[/caption]Seattle Impact FC will play its inaugural game at 7:30 tonight against the San Diego Sockers at ShoWare Center in Kent. Plenty of tickets remain available.

The team has had an exceptionally rocky ride to opening day, and I wrote about much of that in our preview story today.

However, tonight the focus will switch purely to the game. Here's more on that aspect.

Major Arena Soccer League commissioner KEVIN MILLIKEN The product on the pitch is really, really good right now. Something I’ve been saying for the last couple of years is we don’t have a product problem, it’s just getting people out to watch now.

Owner/player DION EARL"I’m hoping that maybe through a little bit of discipline and work rate – which obviously I’m trying to instill within these young players, that maybe we’ll be able to match up maybe better than some people might expect. I always hope for the best. I wouldn’t take us lightly, is what I’m trying to say."

Impact midfielder COREY MARETOn preseason loss to amateur Tacoma Stars: Theoretically it’s a lower-level team, but that’s just on paper. They’re not a lower-level team. They’re a good team. It was the first time that we got to play together, so we kind of didn’t know what we were doing in certain plays: free kicks, stuff like that. We finally got to at least try, because we hadn’t done it against a team year. But they’re a good team, and a lot of them played with us before as well.

On opening with the 14-time indoor champion Sockers: It’s only history. They have a good history, but we live in the present, and I think that we could do real well against them. We’re a new team and it will be our first night with a good crowd, so a lot of jitters we’ll have, but at the same time I think we’ll do really well against them. [caption id="attachment_48907" align="aligncenter" width="480"] San Diego Sockers trained Friday on ShoWare Center's area soccer pitch. San Diego Sockers trained Friday on ShoWare Center's arena soccer pitch.[/caption]