The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
Issaquah Soccer Club of the WPSL has hired a new head and assistant coach just weeks before it opens its first WPSL season. Meanwhile, the club’s former head coach is starting a WPSL side with Emerald City FC.
by David Falk
We’ve followed the progress of Issaquah Soccer Club’s preparations for the 2012 Women’s Premier Soccer League season. So it came as quite a surprise to see today that Northwest University has sent out a press release stating their women’s head coach, Erin Redwine, is now the head coach of Issy WPSL. Gone from the club’s website are the names of former head coach Leigh Cullip and assistant Niki Taylor.
Here is the release from Northwest University:
Northwest’s Redwine to Coach New Issaquah WPSL Team
ISSAQUAH, Wash. – Northwest University’s women’s soccer coach Erin Redwine will have a busy summer this year as she was recently named the head coach of the new Issaquah Soccer Club’s WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League) team.
The Women’s Premier Soccer League is a 60-plus team national pro-am league and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world. The league was formed in 1998 and is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The WPSL’s mission is to provide the highest level of soccer in our effort to: bring affordable & quality family entertainment to the community; display positive role models for our youth; while, being a stepping stone for aspiring professional & international-level players.
The WPSL season runs from May 1st to August 6th which is the off-season for the NU Eagles soccer team. Regional Championships will be in San Diego, Calif., July 20-22 and Nationals will be in Orlando, Fla., July 27-29.
Said Coach Redwine about her appointment, “I am very excited about launching this team in my hometown where I was born and raised! The team will play during the summer months only, so it won’t impact my commitment to NU in any way. We will be holding tryouts every Tuesday and Thursday this month, so hopefully the team will come together fast! The main emphasis for this WPSL team is to provide current college players, post college players, international, former professionals and local high school standouts the opportunity to play competitive soccer over the summer. Players will improve, stay fit and be challenged…and have a good time too!”
Redwine played her prep soccer at Issaquah High School and went on to play for the University of Montana from 1997-1999, then finished her college career at Seattle Pacific University where she was named team captain, All-Conference First team and Academic All-Star. Erin played semi-professional soccer for the Seattle Sounders from 2003 to 2010 in the W-League of the United Soccer League.
In a brief initial statement to goalWA.net Leigh Cullip says he won’t talk about Issaquah Soccer Club, but that he is currently working on a press release about the new WPSL team apparently to be hosted under the Emerald City FC youth club banner. (See empty page here).
We hope to have more from all sides on this story soon.