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  June 2016  
Mercer Island FC Featured in Two RecentMIReporter Articles in the Mercer Island Reporter -
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Mercer Island FC, Eastside FC collaborate to build great things in community soccerCollaborate

MIHS Boys Soccer team celebrates after winning 2016 KingCo 3A championship. Most of the players got their start with Mercer Island FC. (Photo courtesy of Mercer Island FC)
 
By Joe Livarchik, Mercer Island Reporter Staff Writer
 
When looking for models of established, successful homegrown soccer players, people on Mercer Island don't have to look very far.

They can turn on their TV and watch former Island standout Jordan Morris dart through defenders in Seattle Sounders blue and green. Or they can travel to Islander Stadium and watch the Mercer Island girls soccer team in the fall and the boys soccer team in the spring. The Islander girls won their first nine games of the year last season, finished second in the KingCo 2A/3A standings and were just one game short of the 3A state tournament. The Islander boys have finished undefeated in the KingCo 2A/3A league two years in a row and have made three state championship appearances in five years.

Such feats are becoming quite the norm on the Island, and Mercer Island boys varsity coach Colin Rigby believes it can be traced to a partnership that began several years ago between Mercer Island's recreational and premier soccer programs.



Mercer Island FC hosts Sounders Women SoundersWomen match at Mercer Island High School

Sounders Women defender Stephanie Spierkman pushes for possession up the field against the Portland Spartans June 11 at Islander Stadium. Mercer Island FC hosted the soccer match. (Photo courtesy of Garth and Molly Fort).
 
For the second year in a row, the Mercer Island FC soccer club hosted a Sounders Women match at Mercer Island High School stadium. On June 11, the Sounders Women took on the Portland Spartans in a Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) regular season match. Despite intermittent rains throughout the match, a nice crowd turned out to see the collegiate players display their soccer skills.


Questions and Answers about MIFC New Club Sponsors Pagliacci Pizza and Axia Home Loanssponsors


Last month we announced that we'd reached sponsorship deals with two local companies. Pagliacci Pizza and Axia Home Loans have signed multiple year deals to be club sponsors in exchange for logo placement on player jerseys, inclusion in all club marketing and communications, possible field signage and other promotional benefits.

 
Since that time, the board has received a number
of questions ab out
the 
sponsorship's, why the club pursued these deals, how the money will be used,  etc. While we've attempted to answer the questions we received individually, we realized that 
sharing the information more broadly might be helpful. 

And if you have additional questions, please let us know.

Mercer Island FC Sponsors Annual Summer Celebration SummerCelebration

Mercer Island FC is proud to sponsor the Mercer Island Summer Celebration again this year. Participation in the Summer Celebration helps not only support this island tradition, now in its 26th year. It also helps us educate parents and players about soccer offerings on Mercer Island, MIFC programs and teams, and the structure of soccer in Washington State.

 

This year's Summer Celebration is 
July 9th-10th  in downtown Mercer Island  at Mercerdale Park. Look for us in the parade on Saturday and come by our booth in the park both days for free giveaways and to get your soccer questions answered. We hope to see you there!
                                                                                                   
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Register now for Fall Micro SoccerMicrosoccer 

It's  time to register for Mercer Island FC Fall Micro soccer. Micro soccer is for the young players, born in 2010 (U7) or 2011 (U6). The program starts after Labor day and runs every Saturday until the end of October. Players are grouped by school they attend and stay together for both years of Micro soccer. This year we've added a Wednesday training session with our licensed, Professional trainers for those players that want a little more development. 

Go to the MIFC website registration page and sign up for fall soccer at MIFC Micro Registration to guarantee your Recreational player a spot on their team from last fall.
 
Remember, you can register for Micro soccer or any of our MIFC program offerings on the club website at  www.mercerislandfc.org  and selecting the tab on the left-side labeled "Registration". 

Have questions? Email  miysc-registrar@live.com
                           
 EYSAatSounders

Mark your calendars! Even better, purchase your tickets now so you won't miss out on a FUN family night with your favorite Seattle Sounders while sitting amongst your eastside soccer community. EYSA and Eastside FC have teamed up to offer all our clubs' players, coaches, staff, family and friends, a chance to get a great deal on tickets to watch a rivalry match at Century Link Stadium between the Sounders FC and LA Galaxy!
 
Your EYSA soccer players will have a chance to be on the field. Twenty-two lucky players (8-10 years old) from throughout Eastside Youth Soccer Association will get to escort a Sounders player onto the pitch; thirty kids will get to participate in the player high-five tunnel; and another ten will get to be "bench warmers" on the pitch to watch the Sounders warm up before the match. Watch on EYSA's Facebook Page to win a spot on the pitch prior to kick-off. With a simple e-mailed response to an upcoming post, you can be one of the lucky ones. See rules below.

EYSA and EFC have secured a select number of tickets, regularly priced at $28, at significant discount of just $19 each. Note that the discounted price will be reflected after you have selected seats and placed them in your online cart. To order tickets, use this link:
 

This link is valid up until one week prior to the match. For ticket sales of 15 or more, or for questions, call Gary Boyle with the Sounders   directly at (206) 512- 1220 or e-mail him at garyb@soundersfc.com

EYSA Players Can Win a Spot on the Pitch
at the Sounders FC v Galaxy Match
Sounders' Bench Warmers
The first 10 EYSA players of any age to respond to an EYSA Newletter/All-Club Email to drop on Thursday, June 16th, win a spot as a Sounders "Bench Warmer," and get to watch from the field as the players warm up before the match.
Pre-Game Player High-Five Tunnel
The first 30 players of any age to respond to an EYSA Newletter/All-Club Email to drop on Thursday, June 23, will win a spot in the Sounders' Pre-Game Player High-Five Tunnel.
Player Escorts
The first 11 boys and 11 girls, who are EYSA players 8-10 years of age, to respond to an EYSA Newletter/All-Club Email to drop on Thursday, June 30, will win a spot as a Player Escort to walk with a player onto the field.
Rules
Parents can respond for their player(s). No more than 2 players per e-mail entry and per respondent. Must e-mail full name of player, age and EYSA club team name with your entry. Entries will be accepted after the contest is announced through EYSA Newletter/All-Club Emails, and until all spots are filled. Players can take only one spot during the pre-game festivities, either as a "bench warmer," in the high-five player tunnel, or as a player escort. You need only be a registered player of the appropriate age, registered for an EYSA club, to particiipate. Premier, Select and Rec players must be registered for the 2016-2017 soccer year.

Summer Soccer Camps for Boys and  Girls on Mercer Island

MIFC has partnered with the National Womens Soccer League Seattle Reign to hold two soccer camps on Mercer Island exclusively for girls this summer. The first camp started this week at Homestead Field from 1-4pm. Look for them if you're driving by the fields.  The camps will be staffed and run by Reign coaches and players. This is an excellent opportunity for your daughter to train and interact with some of the best players in the United States today. 

Remaining Reign Camp dates are  August 8-12th , 9:00am-Noon, Lid A fields (Aubrey Davis Park).  For more information and to register for the Seattle Reign camp, go to https://www.reignfc.com/tickets/camps/mercerisland.aspx
 
Information on other Mercer Island based summer soccer camps for boys and girls from the International Academy of Soccer and from the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club featuring Mercer Island High School Boys Coach Colin Rigby 
can be found on our website.  Check for dates, times and locations at   http://www.mercerislandfc.org/SummerCamps
 

  
Looking Ahead - Upcoming Eventsupcomingevents

Don't forget to get these events marked on your calendars - 
  • Mercer Island Summer Celebration July 9th & 10th - Again this year, Mercer Island FC is a sponsor of the Summer Celebration. Come by our booth, say hi, and get some great freebies -  Mercer Island Summer Celebration
  • EYSA Night at the Seattle Sounders July 31st vs. LA Galaxy. Discounted tickets available. Get more information at www.eysa.org
  • Recreational U8-12 Pre-Season Jamboree - August 27th-28th - look for more details in future editions of MIFC Newletter and on the MIFC webpage this summer.
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