Thursday, June 10, 2010

SOUNDERS FC: M Stephen King makes return to Seattle

If you’re anticipating mega-author Stephen King to be at tonight’s Sounders match, prepare to be disappointed. Rather, DC United midfielder King makes his first return back to Seattle since being traded to the nation’s capital months ago.

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For those that don’t recall King’s role for Seattle Sounders FC last season, it was mainly because he didn’t have a major one. At just 23 years old, he lacked the experience to be a part of the starting XI, and was designated as a reserve most of the year. In his defense, King made 10 appearances in the MLS regular season, but rather made a dramatic impact on the Sounders’ success in last year’s US Open Cup.

Given that the Lamar Hunt Cup is a separate entity from the MLS season, the competition is generally designated for a squad’s reserve unit to start and gain some experience. The case held water with M Stephen King, who scored game-winning goals against the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo during the competition last summer.

During practice at the familiar Starfire Complex in Tukwila Wednesday afternoon, King was spotted with a smile on his face, most certainly reminiscing on the success and memories with his former squad. As he approaches the Xbox pitch tonight in Seattle, expect him to express similar emotions as he makes his homecoming debut to his former battlegrounds.

Photo by: Jane Gershovich

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