[caption id="attachment_48922" align="alignright" width="480"] Seattle Impact's inaugural first kick tonight in Kent.[/caption]Seattle Impact FC owner Dion Earl wanted his team to play its inaugural game against San Diego Sockers, in honor of the intense rivalry that California club used to have with the old Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
However, the cost of that sentiment came due Saturday night at ShoWare Center, where the Impact’s first game went into the books as a 14-4 win for 14-time indoor champion San Diego.
No attendance figures were available, however empty seats significantly outnumbered filled ones in the 6,500-seat arena.
Midfielder Corey Maret recorded the first goal in Impact history came at 6:18 of the first quarter, briefly drawing Seattle even with the Sockers.
However, San Diego (2-0) dominated from there. The 14-time indoor champion Sockers led 4-2 after the first quarter and 9-2 at halftime.
Seattle’s second goal came from Tacoma native Jamael Cox, who spent the 2012 outdoor season with the Pierce Country-based Sounders U-23. The third came from Bobby Hurwitz in the third quarter. Corey Gurnson got the final goal in the final second.
Unofficially, nine Sockers scored let by forward Nick Perera with four goals.
Those who showed up seemed into the game, cheering the home team at every opportunity. Music was piped in through the public address system throughout the match. A scoreboard glitch throughout the second half credited the Sockers with 100 goals more than they actually had, as the fans shouted for the error to be corrected.
The Impact returns to action Friday at the Turlock (California) Express. The next home match is Nov. 28, also against Turlock.
After three quarters: Sockers 10, Impact 3.
Halftime: San Diego 9, Impact 2.
First quarter: San Diego 4, Impact 2. First Seattle goal recorded by Corey Maret, second by Jamael Cox.
First kick: The first-ever first kick has been struck, and the inaugural Seattle Impact game is under way.
Very small crowd at ShoWare Center. Capacity is around 5,00, so I'd estimate under 1,000.
Impact in home whites, Sockers in blue.
Pregame: The teams are out on the pitch about an hour before Seattle Impact FC's inaugural game in the Major Arena Soccer League.First kick is expected around 7:30 at ShoWare Center in Kent. The opening opponent is the 14-time indoor champion San Diego Sockers.
I'll have updates on this blog, along with an update or two on Twitter @donruiztnt.
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