The Real Colorado Cougars, the women’s semi-professional soccer team that makes its home at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, open their 2009 …
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The Real Colorado Cougars, the women’s semi-professional soccer
team that makes its home at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, open
their 2009 campaign on the road with a three-game swing through
Southern California to take on the Ventura Fusion May 16, the
defending W-League champion Pali Blues May 17, and the Los Angeles
Legends May 19.
Cougars head coach Brian Haynes said, “We want to build on a
successful 2008 campaign and drive to the W League playoffs in
2009. With the new women’s pro-league, the WPS, drafting several
players, including Katie Hooker, from our squad, the playing field
in the W League will be level for us in 2009. We should be quite
competitive in the West.”
The Cougars home opener is 5 p.m. May 29 at Shea Stadium versus
the Seattle Sounders.
The match is part of a double-header that features Real’s own
PDL team the Real Colorado Foxes in the second match at 7:30
The Cougars’ six-game home schedule also features matches versus
these same defending champion Pali Blues on a June 12 evening at
Shea, as well as a match against perennial powerhouse and 2006 W
League champions the Vancouver Whitecaps July 19.
General manager Mark Mais said the Cougars will be led by U20
U.S. National team captain Keelin Winters, as well as returning
2008 All-Conference defender and Cougars captain, Afton Sauer.
With the heightened interest in women’s soccer, driven by the
advent of the WPS in seven major markets in 2009, the squad will be
even deeper as players gear up for the new pro league.
“The Cougars will have several new promotions coming in 2009
including free passes for all current Real Colorado recreational
and competitive players to all six Cougars home matches,” Mais
said. “The team will also be introducing a “Friends and Family”
pass that will allow purchasers to bring up to six fans to each of
the six home matches. The pass will be $100 for an effective ticket
price of under $3.50 per person.”
Mais has also indicated that Real is also working on bringing in
the new WPS squad, Jersey Sky Blue, for an exhibition match versus
the Cougars at Shea Stadium.
Sky Blue features U.S. National team players, Heather O’Reilly,
Natasha Kai, and Christie Rampone.
More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information on Cougars ticket information and
promotions, call 303-324-1281 or visit the organization’s Web site
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