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Impact humbled in arena soccer debut

Seattle Impact FC owner Dion Earl wanted his team to play its inaugural game against the San Diego Sockers.

Part of that was in honor of the intense rivalry the California club used to have with the old Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League, and part was to test his new club against the 14-time indoor soccer champions.

However, that all came at a heavy cost Saturday night at ShoWare Center, where the Impact’s first game will go into the books as a 14-4 drubbing at the hands of the Sockers.

“Humbled,” owner/defender Earl said. “I just wanted us to be tested right off the bat. … I guess we’re going to build from this.”

No attendance figures were available, but empty seats significantly outnumbered filled ones in the 6,500-seat arena.

“It’s something to build from, too,” Earl said.

Midfielder Corey Maret recorded the first goal in Impact history at the 6:18 mark of the first quarter, briefly drawing Seattle even.

However, San Diego (2-0) dominated from there, leading 4-2 after the first quarter, 9-2 at halftime and 10-3 after three.

Seattle’s second goal came from Tacoma native Jamael Cox, who spent the 2012 outdoor season with the Pierce Country-based Sounders U-23. The third came from Bobby Hurwitz in the third quarter. Corey Gurnson got the last Impact goal in the final second of the match.

Unofficially, nine Sockers scored, led by forward Nick Perera with four goals.

The Impact returns to action Friday at the Turlock (California) Express. The next home match is Nov. 28, also against Turlock.

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