Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Saturday, July 5, 2008) - The Pali Blues Soccer Club (10-0-0) kept their perfect record in tact after overcoming a valiant effort from the Seattle Sounders (2-3-4) on Saturday night, 1-0. With the victory and two games remaining on their schedule, the Blues have been crowned the 2008 Western Conference regular season champions.
"I have to give credit to our team again for finding the winning combination and to our defense for another clean sheet," Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. "They have been fantastic all year."
Much like the first time these two sides met, the Blues found a very formidable opponent in Seattle, something that Naimo took the time to recognize.
"Seattle is an incredibly organized team, very well coached," he commented. "Their game plan was very effective, and although we held more possession and had more chances, they certainly could have stolen that one."
The Blues wasted little time in this contest and immediately came out attacking the Sounder goal. The expansion side got off eight shots on target in the opening half of the match, but Seattle was up to the task and withheld the aggressive offensive charge. Going into intermission at halftime, there were still no points on the scoreboard.
The second half saw more of the same from the Blues game plan as they were able to fire off seven more attempts, and they finally found their efforts answered in the 72nd minute. A ball was played to the feet of midfielder Brittany Klein who clipped a spinning ball off the defense to an overlapping Collette McCallum, and the Australian midfielder knicked the ball over Seattle goalkeeper Cori Alexander for the lone score of the night.
With the 1-0 victory, Naimo and the Blues remain focused on the same goals they had coming into this inaugural campaign in the W-League.
"As always we have some more focusing to do with two more regular season games left," Naimo said. "If we can get the six points, we will be the first Western Conference team to win the regular season championship... back to work on Monday."
Next up for the Blues is their home finale on Thursday against the Real Colorado Cougars (3-1-2). Kickoff for that match-up at the Stadium by the Sea is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are only $10 for adults ($8 with student ID) and $5 for kids under the age of 12. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the game.
Stay tuned to the team website at www.bluessoccerclub.com for all updates regarding the Blues.