Valley soccer star makes waves on national scene

It has been one amazing week for a former Mount Si High School boys’ soccer star.

Gibson Bardsley, who graduated from Mount Si several years ago and went on to success in college at Western Washington University, has translated that success into the pros in a big way. We recently told you about the strong start he has had with the United Soccer Leagues team Dayton Dutch Lions of Ohio in his second pro season; well, that start has earned him now a little notoriety.

Last Saturday, in a USL league game against the Rochester Rhinos (NY), Bardsley, from Fall City, had an assist to help the Dutch Lions earn a 2-2 draw, then, this past Tuesday, came maybe the biggest moment of his young pro career.

Dayton traveled up Interstate 70 to play the Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew in a tournament known as the U.S. Open Cup. This tournament determines the best club soccer team in the United States, and is the one the Seattle Sounders have won three years in a row. With the game tied and it getting real late, Bardsley scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal as Dayton stunned the Crew 2-1. More here from the US Open Cup website.

The win advanced Dayton into the next round of the tournament, where they will face a team from the PDL league out of Michigan. This match is next week, and if Dayton wins, they will meet another MLS team in the quarterfinals, either the Colorado Rapids or Sporting Kansas City.

As for USL play, Dayton is in action tonight, so we’ll have something for you on that tomorrow.

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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