Soccer "Dream Comes True"

Chuck Stewart
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Spokane Daily Chronicle

Soccer Sunday: A Dream Come True.

In more ways than one, that would be an apt slogan for this Sunday's soccer festivities at the Spokane Indians' Fairgrounds Baseball Park, featuring the Seattle Sounders.

For one thing, it's fulfilling a longtime dream of ardent soccer enthusiasts, who have envisioned a major league team coming to town to play a group of hometown players.

And that['s what] the North American Soccer League club will be doing, when it meets Team Spokane at 1:30 p.m. in the feature attraction of the day. A youth game at 12:15 will lead things off, and a women's game at 3:30 will follow. Saturday the Sounders will be involved in a similar event in Coeur d'Alene.


Clayton Walkes has a different reason for being excited about playing against the Sounders.

A 24-year-old journalism graduate of Whitworth College, Walkes is from Trinidad and has played against some high caliber teams before as a member of his country's national team.

But in this game he'll be able to test his skills against NASL talent—before trying to make the grade in that league. He's been invited to the Portland Timbers' tryout camp in late February.

An integral part of the soccer scene since he's been in town, Walkes said he's long wanted "to show off the talent we have around Spokane. It's sort of a dream I've had, to play a top-notch team with the best players we have here. I'm really looking forward to it."