Pick Quick, Puyallup and preseason soccer

by David Falk

PUYALLUP, WA— If you crave the taste of the old burger joints and are also looking for authentic American-made soccer, then there is a double experience waiting for you this summer in the greater Fife / Puyallup area.

ssfc-500Sunday April 9 I did this ‘twin bill’ by grabbing burgers, fries and shakes at Pick Quick in Fife and then heading over to the Washington Premier FC Fields off of River Road (167) in Puyallup to see preseason soccer between Evergreen Premier League club Washington Premier South Sound FC and startup Snohomish County FC Steelheads.

The weather cooperated and so did Pick Quick and Puyallup – providing a sort of ‘throw back experience.’ It was 1985 all over again in a good way. Eating at one of Pick Quick’s large selection of picnic tables and then watching a match at the WP fields with Mount Rainier looming in the background.

If you go to see the Shock of WP South Sound FC play men’s or women’s soccer this spring or summer you’ll be in for a treat. It’s top-notch adult soccer with hometown roots. It’s corner kicks and bleachers. It’s throw-ins and farm land. It’s dogs in tow and visiting with ladies with club tattoos. It’s up close and a world away from CenturyLink Field. In a cool way.

Maybe you’ll see something like I did – a bit of magic from a local guy or two – as Scott Hanson hustled down the flank and crossed to Danny Minniti for a wowser of a volley (video is a viral hit).

Maybe you’ll head into old downtown Puyallup before a match and find a local pub. Maybe you’ll come out when the Shock host big matches against Bellingham United, Vancouver Victory or others.

Making the time to experience hometown soccer and grub is making time to take yourself away from the city – and back to 1985, even if you’ve never been there before.

$8 for adults, $5 for kids 12-18, $5 for seniors, $5 for youth. Kids in WPFC gear get in free.

SunMay 7th – Double Header
Women vs Seattle

Men vs Seattle

Kickoffs: Women 1p  |  Men 4p

Sun – May 14th – Double Header

Women vs Spokane

Men vs Spokane

Kickoffs: Women 1p  |  Men 4p

Sat – June 3rd

Men vs Vancouver

Kickoff: Men 4pm

Sat – June 11th – Double Header

Women vs Fuerza (Everett)

Men vs Bellingham

Kickoffs: Women 1p  |  Men 4p

Sat – June 17th – Double Header

Women vs Yakima

Men vs Yakima

Kickoffs: Women 1p  |  Men 4p

Sat – July 8th – Double Header

Women vs Twin City (Centralia)

Men vs Olympic (Bremerton)

Kickoffs: Women 1p  |  Men 4p

Sun – July 30th

Men vs Oly Town (Olympia)

Kickoff: Men 4pm

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