Pali midfielder Ali Hawkins has three goals on the season (Photo by Rand Bleimeister).
Pali Partners with Virtual Sports to Show Webcast
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Friday, July 16, 2010) – With a pivotal regular season finale on tap for Saturday night, the back-to-back W-League Champion Pali Blues Soccer Club are pleased to announce a partnership with Virtual Sports to webcast the critical match. Kickoff between the Blues (2-4-3, 9 points) and Colorado Rush (2-1-6, 12 points) will take place at 7:00 p.m. PST, and a berth into the postseason will rest upon this weekend’s results.
"This is a game that I thought would count for everything the day we lost at Seattle, and it is, with very different circumstances," Pali head coach Charlie Naimo stated. "This has been an extremely challenging season, and we are happy that we are still alive. Hopefully, we get the final result we need before our fate is back in our own hands at 7 p.m. on Saturday against a good Rush team."
The final result mentioned by Naimo is a much-needed home win or tie on Saturday by the Vancouver Whitecaps (6-0-3, 21 points) over the Seattle Sounders (2-2-5, 11 points) in a game that kicks off at 4:30 p.m. PST. The Whitecaps have already secured the Western Conference regular season title and will host the Conference Championship Match on Saturday, July 24th.
The tiebreaker that will come into play for second place on the regular season table is overall conference wins. With a victory tomorrow, Pali would pick up its third conference win of the season, and the entire conference is currently deadlocked with two each from 2nd to 5th place. To summarize the situation, a Vancouver win or tie coupled with a Pali victory over Colorado on Saturday night would advance the Blues to the W-League postseason and keep its hopes of a three-peat still intact. A loss or tie by Pali would eliminate the team from playoff contention.
With this dramatic finish lined up, fans will get to follow all of the action live through the aforementioned partnership with Virtual Sports, something that Blues General Manager Viva Guerrero is very excited to offer to soccer fans outside of the Palisades.
“Virtual Sports is a great opportunity for our team to reach a whole new audience beyond our hometown, the Pacific Palisades,” she said. “Partnering with Virtual Sports is an innovative way for our fans to get involved and stay involved, no matter where they may be. The live screening allows everyone who cannot attend a game to watch it on the road, or from home. It allows them to experience the suspense that is surrounding our bid for the playoffs this season. I have no doubt that even our competition will be tuning in to see what they are up against.”
For ticket and webcast information, visit www.bluessoccerclub.com. To learn about Virtual Sports, log onto www.vrtsports.com.