Valley soccer fans to get chance to see local pro star on TV, in person this summer

A Valley pro soccer star will get a chance to play on national TV and in front of local fans this summer.

The National Women’s Soccer League, of which the New York City-based Sky Blue FC is a member, today announced its schedule of games that they will be broadcasting on the national cable network Lifetime. The league and Lifetime recently agreed to a broadcast deal that will see the network over the next few years televise NWSL games on a national basis, and also handle the league’s webcasts.

2008 Mount Si High School graduate Nikki Stanton will be playing once again for Sky Blue this summer, as the team announced on Tuesday that she had made the 2017 squad. She has been playing for SBFC for the past few seasons, and has spent the past couple of NWSL offseasons playing for a team in Australia.

Stanton, from North Bend, and her Sky Blue team has been selected for four national TV broadcasts. Those include games May 13 and 20 against the Houston Dash from Texas, the first game at Houston and the second game at home in New Jersey, and road games July 1 at the North Carolina Courage in the Raleigh, NC, area, and August 12 at the Orlando Pride in Florida. All of the games will begin at 1:00 p.m. our time.

Additionally, local fans will have an opportunity to see Stanton and her team in person twice this season, as SBFC will be making two trips to Seattle to meet the NWSL’s Seattle-based Reign team. Those are in about two weeks, on April 15, for the season opener for both teams, and again on July 22. Both contests begin at 7:00 p.m. and Reign home games are held at Memorial Stadium on the Seattle Center grounds in downtown Seattle. SBFC will also be in Portland on June 17 for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Providence Park in the Rose City, where the MLS’s Timbers play.

Ticket information for the two SBFC-Reign matches is here if you want to go support Stanton and her Sky Blue team here in Seattle.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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