Men’s soccer action between the USA and Costa Rica was on the docket in San Jose. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

Men’s soccer action between the USA and Costa Rica was on the docket in San Jose. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

Soccer and hockey take center stage on vacation / Sports Scene

When you’re on vacation, you might as well pack as many vital activities into your schedule as you can, right? Sometimes, the docket lengthens as events arise, seemingly from out of nowhere. You keep your eyes open, and if possible, wedge an international friendly soccer match in there. Kick things up a notch.

After arriving in San Jose, California, on Feb. 2, my wife and I were driving our rental car out of the airport toward Coleman Avenue and then to our friends’ house to begin our vacation. We usually hit the In-N-Out Burger joint nearby, and this time we noticed a bunch of people milling about near the Avaya Stadium, some draped in Costa Rican flags. A quick glance at the marquee and we found out that a men’s international soccer match between the USA and Costa Rica would be starting in about an hour and a half.

Following a visit to the drive-thru for a burger and a five-minute drive to our friends’ abode, the plan was set. We were going to the match, in addition to our already planned hockey venture to the Sharks vs. Coyotes game at the SAP Center across town later that night.

Let’s make it a sports twofer while it’s within reach. We can rest later.

So, we were the super sports fans around town and our crew witnessed a pair of great contests. First, standing behind one of the goals at the soccer match as the USA defeated Costa Rica, 2-0, and then perched in the nosebleed seats as the Sharks downed the Coyotes, 3-2, in overtime.

We managed to mix in some fabulous barbecue dinner at Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life and even caught the Sharks’ organist putting in a performance at the Poor House Bistro after the game. The wins kept on coming.

Soon, Seattle will be sporting a pro hockey team and we’ll be stoked to get to watch our beloved Sharks in town. Perhaps there’s a budding hockey player in the area skating away at the Sno-King Ice Arena in Kirkland who might don a Seattle uniform someday. Keep the stick to the puck, ‘cause you never know what’s up the ice of life.

On the Eastside this summer, the U.S. Club Soccer’s 2019 National Cup XVIII Northwest Regional will kick off at 60 Acres Soccer Complex in Redmond. Tons of talented players will be making their mark on the pitches and just might be headed for the big time someday.

There were plenty of hockey thrills between the Sharks and Coyotes in San Jose. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

There were plenty of hockey thrills between the Sharks and Coyotes in San Jose. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

More in Sports

Panthers Youth Rugby holds spring registration

Panthers Youth Rugby is holding spring registration for players in grades 1-12.… Continue reading

A coveted goal is attained

Relentless work ethic pays dividends.

Mount Si Wildcats senior boys basketball player Brett Williams (pictured) in the Class 4A quarterfinals against the Puyallup Vikings will continue his basketball career at Pacific Lutheran University. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Williams commits to Pacific Lutheran University men’s hoops program

Mount Si senior will continue his hoops career at the collegiate level.

Mount Si Wildcats senior soccer player Drew Harris has returned to the Mount Si Wildcats high school soccer program after a two-year hiatus. Harris expects the Wildcats to make a deep run in the postseason this spring. Shaun Scott, staff photo
A triumphant return on the soccer pitch

Wildcats senior forward Drew Harris is stoked for the 2019 season.

Optimism remains supreme in March for baseball fans

Home opener is on the horizon for the Seattle Mariners.

Wildcats scoop up 4A KingCo basketball honors

Mount Si’s Jabe Mullins snagged the 4A KingCo boys basketball most valuable… Continue reading

Mount Si Wildcats freshman guard Bennett O’Connor takes the ball strong to the hoop against Glacier Peak on Feb. 16. Mount Si earned a 60-53 overtime victory, clinching a berth in the district title game. Mount Si notched a 65-56 victory over Jackson to win the 4A WesKing District title on Feb. 18. The Wildcats (23-2) will play in the regionals this weekend at a place and time to be determined at the Record deadline. Photo courtesy of Calder Productions
Mount Si wins district title

The Mount Si Wildcats boys basketball team earned a 65-56 victory over… Continue reading

Mount Si Wildcats sophomore Tryon Kaess earned first place in the Mat Classic Class 4A state tournament in the 106-pound division. Kaess defeated Davis wrestler Jaden Sanchez 7-3 in the championship match on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Kaess reaches the absolute pinnacle on the mat

Mount Si sophomore Tryon Kaess captures a state title.

Flying through the pool

Mount Si junior Nathan Harris competes in the 100 butterfly B final… Continue reading

Soccer and hockey take center stage on vacation / Sports Scene

When you’re on vacation, you might as well pack as many vital… Continue reading

Six Mount Si High School Wildcats student athletes made their collegiate athletic choices known to the entire North Bend/Snoqualmie community during a signing-day ceremony on the morning of Feb. 7 at Mount Si High School. Mount Si athletes moving on to the collegiate level in their respective sports consisted of Hayley West (Oregon State University-rowing), Jonny Barrett (Dartmouth-football), Tessa Lewis (Southwestern University-lacrosse), Jessica Morris (University of Findlay-lacrosse), Mateo DiDomenico (Cal State East Bay-soccer) and Joe Waskom (University of Washington-track). Photo courtesy of Darren Brown
Wildcat athletes partake in signing-day ceremony

Six Mount Si High School Wildcats student athletes made their collegiate athletic… Continue reading

Inglemoor junior Cecelia Bresee, right, is defended proficiently by Mount Si freshman forward Lauren Glazier, left, during a Wes-King 4A district playoff game on Feb. 7 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Vikings earn win against Wildcats in loser-out playoff game

Mount Si girls hoops team finishes the season with 11 wins.