The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The club is actively encouraging its fans to cross the border and show up in large numbers in what could be the start of a nice border derby.
The distance between Bellingham, WA and Langley BC is about 27 miles.
On Saturday July 7 in the British Columbia city the Hammers will tackle Athletic in a Pacific Coast Soccer League match. The Hammers website says:
In what is sure to be a cross-border derby to watch, Langley fans have started to pump this one up as their biggest home match of the year. Both teams are playing their inaugural seasons in the PCSL and played in Bellingham in the Hammers home opener, which they won 3-2 back on May 6.
Langley is bringing it to another level for this game, as they have a live band, beer garden and full concessions planned to entertain the fans. FREE ADMISSION……and the PCSL executives will be present along with local TV and news media.
Langley were even able to get the Vancouver Whitecaps announcers, who were in Los Angeles covering the Caps at the time, to do a promo spot for the match on video. See the Facebook video here.
Bellingham edged Athletic 3:2 in both club’s first-ever PCSL match back in May.
The match is important for both sides in the race to finish in the top four, which would earn a post season Challenge Cup berth.
The Hammers are second in the table with 24 points. Langley are fifth on 15.
On their Facebook page Langley Athletic are claiming an early victory already. Their local Pipe Band visited the Bellingham Highland Games recently: “the event’s special guests have kicked off the rivalry by placing first in ensemble at the Bellingham Highland Games. As the Dowco Pipe Band opens the game on the 7th, Langley Athletic FC will look to follow and walk off the pitch with victory in hand.”