The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The east side of the state has bragging rights as the Scotties of Spokane have rallied their troops and won the hearts of neutrals by topping a handful of bigger clubs and winning the 2011 Best Crest vote as sponsored by www.goalWa.com, Korrio and Code Four Athletics.
The second annual Best Crest contest saw a record number of votes cast. Between the semifinal and final ballot 5,287 votes were cast. In the end the Scotties accounted for 26% of the votes in the final ballot, edging out Seattle United’s 25% and Federal Way FC’s 23% (rounded up). See the chart below.
Final Poll Results, 2011 Best Crest Vote
Winning the vote means that 18 members of the Scotties’ community will be hosted by Korrio at the Seattle Sounders FC match on October 15 against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Scotties will have a pizza party at Korrio offices and then march to the match from there. It will be a very special night in Seattle as it will be Kasey Keller’s last regular season home match before he retires.
Code Four Athletics will reward second-place Seattle United with a select choice of general soccer gear.
The Scotties’ crest features Spokane landmarks integrated with a Scottish flag. The shield includes Spokane icons the Riverfront Clocktower and the 1974 World’s Fair Tent Pavilion.
The Scotties have shown to be a fiercely independent club, choosing their own path in Washington soccer. The club remains dedicated to the local scene and Inland Empire kids. The Scotties offer competitive soccer at old-school prices.
On www.SpokaneScotties.com the club shares a bit of its history:
The Scotties Soccer club was started in the late 70’s, as a select division of competitive soccer ran by Spokane Youth Sports Association, under Washington State Youth Soccer. In the late 90’s Ron Evans, a Scotties coach at the time, worked to help organize the club efforts. Ron was a fan of the San Jose Earthquakes, whose colors happen to be Royal Blue, White and Black, thus the Scotties colors were chosen.
In early 2005, Fred Bowman, another Scotties coach, started the process to form the first Spokane Scotties club election for the board and officers. The Board consisted of Fred Bowman (President), Jim Pratt (Vice President), Allen Berry (Treasurer), Tami Booey (Secretary). Later, we completed the Board and elected the three additional members. The club continued to grow and develop under SYSA playing in District 6 Washington State Youth Soccer.
In 2009 Washington State soccer decided to condense the number of associations and notified SYSA. In early 2010, the Spokane Scotties Soccer club members voted to work with SYSA under US Club Soccer. As a club we felt SYSA and the Scotties both have always focused on the best interests of the young athletes in the region, developing sportsmanship and team work in Spokane since the 70′s.
Under the new structure our athletes have the opportunity to play soccer at the second highest level in Washington State in the Puget Sound Premier League “Copa Division”. We have benefited with this new partnership as our teams have the opportunity to advance to the premier “Championship Division” and then to the highest level of the Super Division. Today we offer competitive soccer ages U-10 through U-19.
As a club we are open to change and doing what is in the best interest of Spokane soccer and young athletes in the region. We are very excited about our partnership with SYSA and US Club Soccer as we feel this will make us even stronger and more competitive. We look forward to the future of Spokane soccer and know the Scotties will be a huge part of it.