August 2019
Club news & updates
Mercer Island FC is our community's volunteer-led, non-profit soccer club for kids of all ages. Let’s play!
  • EYSA Pre-Season Jamboree and Pitch of Dreams
  • Summer Juniors Program Takes Off
  • MIFC Crush Takes First Place at Cornucopia Cup
  • Thanks to All Who Participated in MIFC-MIHS Soccer Partnership Week
  • MIFC Stresses Stewardship of The Environment
  • Save the Date - Season Kickoff Celebration September 15
EYSA Pre-Season Jamboree and Pitch of Dreams
On August 31, MIFC will host the EYSA Preseason Jamboree for U8 and U10 teams at the South Mercer fields. MI teams will play mini-matches against other EYSA teams. A food truck will be on hand. The Jamboree continues on September 1 for the U9 teams with a special perk -- all games will be played on the "Pitch of Dreams" - aka Century Link Field. Boys matches will be held from 9-10:30am; girls from 10:30-12pm. Turn Jamboree weekend into a Seattle soccer experience by purchasing discounted tickets to watch Seattle Sounders face LA Galaxy at 3:30pm Sunday. Get discount tickets here The Jamboree is a great way for teams to mesh, to meet new parents and players and enjoy the waning days of summer before the season games begin.
Summer Juniors Program Takes Off
This 2011 U9 MIFC Juniors team comprised just a few of the over 40 players who participated in the first MIFC Juniors’ summer program. The Juniors program is designed for players who want a stepped up level of play and longer training season. U8 and U9 Junior boys and girls had weekly training and scrimmages on Mercer Island and represented our club in jamborees at PacNW, Washington Premier, Eastside and Seattle United.

MIFC G05 Crush Takes First Place at Cornucopia Cup
Select team G05 Crush, coached by Tom Hill, took top honors at the Kent Cornucopia Cup in July. Crush cruised through bracket play winning all three games with scores of 2-0, 2-0, and 5-0. The girls played good possession soccer, wearing down other teams.  In the final, Crush conceded a goal a few minutes into the second half. Ten minutes later a great pass to a forward on a diagonal run led to a 1v1 opportunity with the keeper and an equalizing goal.  With eight minutes left, a Crush holding mid took a shot from just inside the 18 with the ball curling over all defenders and catching the inside of the far post. The team defended their 2-1 lead to win the tournament. Congrats Crush!
Thanks to All Who Participated in MIFC-MIHS Soccer Partnership Week
During the week of July 15-19, the MIHS Girls Soccer Team and MIFC collaborated in our first annual Partnership Week, designed to help build mentoring opportunities and give the MIHS players a chance to contribute their skills, experience and enthusiasm to encourage our younger MIFC players to continue with soccer and aspire to play for the Girls’ MIHS teams. Our “Assistant Coaches” helped by setting up cones, participating in drills with players and offering 1-1 help to those needing extra attention. They were also available to talk about their soccer experience and the MIHS program. MIFC is grateful to Coach James Valles, the MIHS Girls Soccer Booster Club and the following players in their continuing support of our MIFC players and coaches: Mimi Pietila, Liv Talerman, Natalie Smith, Emily Yang, Mia Shanafelt, Sena Seumae, Arden Paglia, Scarlett Counihan, Lucy Cleater, Lila Saloranta, Catie Shurygailo, Maija Brandt, Heather Sutkus, Leela Jacob, and Addie Goepfert-Waterman.

Capping off the week was the Second Annual MIHS Girls Varsity vs. MIHS Alumni game on Saturday, July 20 th . The Alumni evened the record against the Varsity team with a 5 – 3 victory. If you are an MIHS Soccer team Alumna or know one interested in an invitation to our annual game join our Facebook group . Thank you to Steve Berman for refereeing once again!
MIFC Stresses Stewardship of The Environment
The MIFC Board of Directors invited Mercer Island Sustainability expert Nancy Weil to help our club to encourage and adopt more environmentally sustainable practices. The Club encourages all players and coaches to implement small, but impactful, practices that reduce waste and to recycle or upcycle used clothing and gear. MIFC strives to have all players, spectators and coaches hydrate at practices and games with reusable water bottles instead of one-use plastic bottles. Coaches might consider investing in a team water cooler to keep players hydrated and allow easy water refills during practice, games or tournaments. Likewise, parents should consider providing team snacks that do not involve single serving packaging. The Club will further explore ways of reducing waste at our various events. We have a longstanding partnership with Soccer2Unite to collect used jerseys and soccer gear to provide athletic apparel to players in impoverished countries. So before tossing outgrown game and practice gear, check out the MIFC website to learn where you can drop off used items. We all need to do our part to protect our natural environment in ways that will keep our open public spaces temperate, clean and healthy.
Save the Date - Season Kickoff Celebration September 15
Save the date for the Annual MIFC Season Kickoff on September 15, from 9-11am at South Mercer Fields. We will have food trucks and small side games; coaches can pick up MIFC swag; teams will assemble for team pictures; and we will hear from Forrest Marowitz - MIHS Boys Coach. Enter our free popular raffle, in which a team can win the chance to high five the players at a Sounders soccer game in October.