Friday, June 24, 2022
The Spokane Sounders are thrilled to announce that the club’s success during the 2021-22 Girls Academy season has qualified its teams to participate in the GA Champions League for 2022-23.
Based upon league results across all six teams, the Spokane Sounders were among the 16 initial entrants as they finished second in the 15 member Northwest Conference behind Lamorinda SC. Additional wildcards will be added based on the GA National Playoffs being held this week in Oceanside, California.
Conference Overall Club Records (W-L-D, PPG)
Lamorinda SC 82-21-3, 2.349
Spokane Sounders 69-20-13, 2.157
“This accomplishment is beyond words for the club and community as Spokane will be representing the Pacific Northwest nationally in the leading youth development platform for girl’s soccer,” said Girls Director of Coaching Kevin Moon. “In addition to an already challenging league season, these athletes will also now face the best of the best at GA events throughout the year, furthering their development and giving themselves more opportunities than ever to be seen by the top collegiate coaches around the country.”
The Spokane Sounders currently have five teams playing in the GA National Playoffs. Three of the five were automatic qualifiers with two more advancing as wild cards, which were determined on a national basis from all league and non-league results from other GA events. California club Lamorinda was second with four entrants qualifying while fellow northwest side OL Reign Academy (Seattle) is sending three, as is Palo Alto SC. The club nearly saw all six qualify, but the G2003/04 squad (13-3-1, fourth in conference) narrowly missed the cut for the smaller U19 playoff bracket. Other northwest region clubs sending teams are ISC Gunners (one) of Issaquah and the Oregon duo of Washington Timbers (two) and Bridge City (one).
Spokane Sounders – Girls Academy National Playoff Qualifiers
G2009 (U13) – First in Conference (15-1-0)
G2008 (U14) – Second in Conference (12-4-1)
G2007 (U15) – Fourth in Conference (11-3-3) – WC
G2006 (U16) – Fifth in Conference (9-4-4) – WC
G2005 (U17) – Second in Conference (12-3-2)
[WC denotes Wild Card, determined nationally]
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The Spokane Sounders are one of only 10 clubs participating in the GA National Playoffs that have at least five teams playing with only two featuring all six. In all 56 clubs are represented in the six GA National Playoff brackets (152 spots).
Among the initial 16 GA Champions League entrants, the Spokane Sounders are one of eight with five teams participating in the GA National Playoffs at the moment.