Niki Bonnell and Arica Slawson have known each other for 7 years. Not because they met at Central Washington University where Arica attended or Washington State University where Niki attended, but within that time, the two kept running into each other playing for various teams, tournaments, and leagues within the Seattle area. For a few years, they consistently played together on the W- League area favorite, the Seattle Sounders Women. But, after a season of play with the ISC Gunners, Arica chose AC Seattle in its first WPSL year, and was one of not many American players on the roster. Arica thought it was a good move- winning the 2013 Evergreen Cup and the 2013 WPSL Northwest Conference– so in the following season, she decided to include Niki.