An almost-40,000-square-foot indoor soccer complex, Salmon Creek Indoor Sports Arena facilitates heel-based competition with its year-round lineup of soccer leagues, skill-development programs, and open-field pickup games for all ages. Part-time Pelés can sign up for a yearly membership ($15) and receive an ID card with their picture on it that allows them to register for activities and prevents retired World Cup mascots from stealing their identity. Individuals can mix it up with different teams randomly assembled by arena staff during the weekly open-play sessions for coed adults ($5), youths ($5), and women ($8). Previously assembled supergroups can register for league play and test their skills against local teams made up of the nonsinging members of the Osmond family.
SoccerPlex’s moniker is deceiving. The athletic center boasts two indoor turf soccer fields—one measuring 185’x85’, the other 88’x36’. It also hosts women’s, men’s, and coed soccer leagues as well as kids’ soccer classes. But, in addition to its namesake sport, SoccerPlex also promotes sports and activities where it’s within the rules to use your hands, such as basketball, for which SoccerPlex offers adult leagues and kids’ programs. There are even classes for swimming, dancing, and martial arts as well as group fitness classes and Lego camps for young architects in training.
Monty Hawkins has been a coach for over two decades, extending a career on the pitch that began when he was just a kid. From starring as a teenaged phenom at Gladstone High School, captaining Oregon State’s first Division I soccer squad, and earning his professional stripes as a member of Germany’s TSG Tübingen, , Monty ascended through the athletic ranks faster than a rock climber riding a mountain goat. Today, he passes on his expertise to the next generation as co-owner of Tualatin Indoor Soccer. At the arena, stadium lights cast a blinding radiance across the freshly re-turfed, 186’x86’ field surrounded by 10-foot walls and glass, while up to 80 fans track the action in year-round adult and youth leagues. Monty also helps youngsters gear up for the spotlight at kids’ classes that promote not only athleticism, but also fun and friendship.