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EPLWA Update: Lewis County FC, WestSound, more

Taking notes and drinking pints: Peter Ostrovsky of the Club Entrance Committee posted this photo on his Facebook page this week.

Taking notes and drinking pints: Peter Ostrovsky of the Club Entrance Committee posted this photo on his Facebook page this week.

by David Falk

Here’s the latest insider scoop involving the Evergreen Premier League. It was a great first week of announcing member clubs as two sides were accepted: Bellingham United FC and South Sound FC. Behind the scenes the Club Entrance Committee is in discussions with nine other groups that have applied to join the new men’s adult semi-pro league. Of those nine, a solid four are close and could be announced over the next two weeks. Club number three is going to be revealed on Monday August 12 at 10:00 AM on the league Facebook page.

Notes

  • Volcano SC have revealed themselves as the club behind the Lewis County application. They are looking for feedback and support from players and fans to measure local interest. The dream of creating “Lewis County FC” will also be the subject of an upcoming story in the local newspaper, The Chronicle. Facebook page in very early stages here.
  • The Wenatchee World continues to cover the EPLWA and the application of Wenatchee United FC.
  • The Kitsap Sun will feature a story on WestSound FC and their application to the EPLWA this Sunday, August 11. WestSound are due to turn in some paperwork for the Committee to look over in the next day or so.
  • KPUG Radio in Bellingham interviewed Hammers owner Jeff McIntyre about his club’s move from the PCSL to the EPLWA.
  • John Crouch, owner of South Sound FC and one of the members of the Club Entrance Committee, met in Seattle on Thursday with two people from Seattle Stars FC, owner Margarito Avila and coach Alex Kajumulo. The Stars have applied to join the EPLWA and play out of the Tukwila area. Reports are the meeting was productive.
  • Youth and Independence: The Club Entrance Committee is looking at independent adult club applications as well as elite youth club ones. Discussions continue within the group as we weigh the merits of both types of structures and ownership models.
  • Two for TriCities: such is the case in TriCities, where two solid groups have put in applications, one youth club and one independent adult side. Both have been interviewed and the committee is hoping to make the tough choice after hearing back the results of a Sunday night meeting in Pasco.
  • It’s looking promising that after Monday’s club announcement the league could well follow-up on Wednesday the 14th with news of a fourth club.
  • The EPLWA Youtube channel needs 100 subscribers to activate our ability to stream matches live online in 2014. We hope to have a “Match of the Week.” Subscribe here.
  • The EPLWA has a reddit page: http://www.reddit.com/r/EPLWA/
  • The league is already active on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The recent conference call had 19 interested groups online. You are not officially considered for the league until you’ve applied.
  • Logo and branding work continues behind the scenes. New club crests are in the pipeline.

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One comment on “EPLWA Update: Lewis County FC, WestSound, more

  1. goalWA.net
    August 11, 2013

    By Jeff Graham, Kitsap Sun

    Semi-pro football teams have played in Kitsap County for over a decade.

    It’s likely that a semi-pro men’s soccer team will be playing in a new league by next spring.

    Silverdale-based WestSound FC, one of the area’s top youth soccer clubs, is applying to put a men’s team in the Evergreen Premier League, a new semi-pro league that expects to get underway in May 2014. The league will feature college and post-college level players.

    Bellingham United FC and South Sound FC have already been accepted as two of the league’s founding teams, while squads from Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Wenatchee, Pasco, Centralia, Everett and Marysville are also seeking to join.

    David Falk, the editor/owner of soccer website goalWA.net and one of the Evergreen Premier League’s founders, said a total of 19 teams are still in the running for membership.

    “Our area is ripe for this,” said Falk, who stressed that teams will generally consist of players from within their respective communities.

    Falk said the idea for an adult-level soccer league in the state came during a conversation he had with Bellingham United FC owner Jeff McIntyre.

    “Where is adult soccer headed in the state?” Falk said. “We have plenty of youth clubs, but it pretty much dies there. … This is a league for our adult players.”

    Falk said the goal for the league in year one is to have between 8-10 teams playing between 14-16 games from May through July.

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