Sounders Women will play undefeated Ottawa in W-League semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Starfire Stadium. The championship game will be Sunday at Starfire.
The goals for the Sounders Women this weekend are threefold.
The first one is simple: Win. Seattle is hosting the W-League Final Four at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, and a chance to win the franchise’s first league championship is on the line.
Second, a little financial gain as organizers of the event would be nice.
And the third?
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“A big part of this is getting some notoriety that will last down the line,” said general manager Jon Billings.
For the Sounders Women, the ultimate goal is to play at a higher level. That could mean a jump to Women’s Professional Soccer — the top but financially struggling women’s pro league in America — or simply making improvements within the organization.
“We’re actually considering everything,” said Billings, “and this weekend can really create some momentum and turn some heads.
“I can’t tell you how often I talk to someone in the business world or even just a fan and say something about the Sounders Women, and they turn their head and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t know we had the Sounders Women. That’s great!’ I think the support would be there if everyone knew about it.”
Seattle, coached by former A-League/USL Sounder Leighton O’Brien, takes on the undefeated Ottawa Fury in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Atlanta Silverbacks play the Vancouver Whitecaps in the earlier semifinal at 4 p.m. The W-League championship game is 4 p.m. Sunday, preceded by a consolation match at 12:30 p.m.
Day tickets are $10 and weekend passes are $15. Children under 10 are free.
Seattle, which advanced automatically to the semifinals as host, also made it to the Final Four in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or firstname.lastname@example.org