The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
SNOHOMISH, Wash.—The Snohomish Skyhawks drew 6:6 on Saturday night at the Soccer Dome against the WSA Rapids. The result meant the end of the Skyhawks’ season. It also meant one final post-match walk by head coach Vasco Rubio to shake the opposing coach’s hand. After eight seasons with the indoor club Rubio is moving on.
‘As some of you know tonight was my last game as the Snohomish Skyhawks coach,” Rubio wrote on the club’s Facebook page. “I would to thank all the fans for their support over the last 8 years.
I also wanted to thank all the players that have come through this program for the last eight years. Hopefully I made you a better soccer player and most important better men. I have made some great friendships on and off the field and hopefully they will continue.
Thank you Pablo (club owner) for providing me the opportunity to lead this team over the years. You have always trusted my decisions and direction I chose to take the team. Thank you all. Vasco.”
Rubio was a star player at Seattle Pacific University in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s. He took over the Skyhawks as a new club back in 2004-2005. Before that he played for the Seattle SeaDogs of the CISL.
Rubio has been with the Skyhawks since their inception. He has a strong background with the indoor game. “I played for many years professionally in the CISL (including with the Seattle SeaDogs) watching and learning from guys like Preki, Tatu, Brian Schmetzer, and Fernando Clavijo, to name a few,” he told us in a previous interview.
“The game is very fast-paced and much like hockey. I try to teach our guys patience and awareness. Indoor to me is all about creating mistakes and from that you get your opportunities to capitalize. Our league is a developmental league so I also try to instill in these guys some professional attitude. If they get to the next level, they will be ready for what is thrown at them.”