Coming to Greater Seattle to play ball

World-class athletes come from around the world to compete in Greater Seattle and also to play in one of our sports teams. The Mariners boast players from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and beyond. Players from the Seattle Storm come from Russia, Australia and Poland, and the Sounders boast players from Sweden, Argentina, Honduras and Germany. While Greater Seattle sports fans may have been mainly galvanized around the Seahawks vs. Falcons match yesterday, other sports teams were also making history with their international activity.

A team of girl’s high school basketball players from Chongqing Nakai school in China visited Seattle to compete in the first inaugural game with Chief Seatlh International High School on Saturday. While Chongqing won, it kicks off what will be an annual match between the two schools. Next year, the Chief Sealth Seahawks will visit Chongqing. The two institutions are sister schools, adding to the connections between the sister city relationships between Seattle and Chongqing. For coverage of the game visit the West Seattle Blog.

Late last year, it was announced that Seattle will host one of the 8 clubs that will participate in a new women’s soccer league. The league consists of national players from the US, Canada and Mexico. Seattle’s core team was announced yesterday, and it looks like the Seattle Reign will get two players each from the national teams of Canada and Mexico, in addition to players from the US National Team.  The league will kick off this spring.

Soccer and baseball season are right around the corner. Let’s get ready to cheer on our teams!

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