Soccer came to me here in Seattle. All I really did was start thinking about it and talking about it. A woman showed up one day at White House|Black Market looking for a dress to wear to a wedding. By the time she left the store, we had connected on the soccer level and she walked away with my name and phone number. Little did I know that I was living in soccer heaven.
Tonight I played my third game after ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee last August. The knee has held up well. I've recovered my stamina if not my speed which is a big deal when playing 45 minute halves. As luck would have it, I've joined a team that always plays short with no subs. We lost tonight but we had some nice "give & goes".
Tonight we played at Starfire Sports
in Tukwila, Washington. It felt like soccer heaven.
Eleven outdoor fields surround a huge athletic center with two indoor fields, a pro shop, weight room and more.
It's such a luxury to play on artificial turf under lights in an outdoor league. The surface is so smooth compared to the grass fields that are prone to potholes, bare spots and other challenges to a player's ankles and knees.
One of my favorite things tonight was the women's locker room where there were showers. The last time I played, I wiped my legs down with baby wipes. Tonight I took a hot shower in the women's locker room.
It was a good night.