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Players Wanted: 375 roster spots on Washington’s semi-pro outdoor sides


The battle is on for the best players in Washington. (David Falk)

by David Falk

2014 will be the “Year of the Player” in Washington. Somewhere from colleges, youth clubs, local towns, adult soccer leagues and around the globe we’ll need around 375 players to fill roster spots in the PDL, EPLWA and NPSL for our 15 competitive clubs.

The Kitsap Pumas got their search underway last weekend with open tryouts. The Saturday session was lightly attended. The Pumas usually get their players from invitational tryouts and head coach James Ritchie’s annual trip to the InfoSport Combine. On Sunday the Pumas session was observed by a representative from WestSound FC.

Seattle NPSL tryouts. (Facebook)

Seattle NPSL tryouts. (Facebook)

All of our clubs are of course looking for the best players they can find, and also the “best fits.” A good player is no good to a club if he can’t travel to practices and matches, or isn’t up for committing for an entire season. The PDL and the EPLWA will each play 14-match regular campaigns. (The term “semi-pro” is used in the headline to indicate professionally run clubs with amateur status players. The Kitsap Pumas pay their players a non-living wage.)

Is there enough talent out there to make all of our clubs solid? That is going to be an ongoing question followed by fans before, during and after tryout season. The PDL clubs generally get their players from in and out-of-state college programs. It is rare for a local to stick who isn’t in college and searching for elevation into the pro game.

The EPLWA and NPSL are more of a mystery. We will all learn about their player make up together. Seattle NPSL has already held an open tryout, and they look like a club that will be made up of local internationals who star in the Starfire Premier League. That puts them at war with Seattle Stars FC of the EPLWA for the best Seattle adult amateurs. Inter United FC, the other Seattle-area NPSL club, might have a strong African influence on its roster with players from that continent who are now living in the Emerald City.

TriCities players lost their local chance after Three Rivers was put on hold for 2014. Will these guys travel to the next nearest club?

TriCities players lost their local chance after Three Rivers of the EPLWA was put on hold for 2014. Will these guys travel to the next nearest club? (John Sokol)

Thanks to the Evergreen Premier League towns will play a bigger role than ever in 2o14, as will the Washington State Adult Soccer Association. Adult players who might not be involved in a college program could still turn out for EPLWA clubs in Wenatchee or Yakima or Seattle. College guys who want to spend the summer at home representing their home towns could find a chance in Bellingham, Vancouver, Spokane, Tacoma or Silverdale. Anyone could be anywhere.

In Vancouver Washington the Victory of the EPLWA will recruit in the same town as the NPSL side Spartans, who recently declared that they are a “Vancouver club” despite playing their home matches in Portland Oregon this year. The Spartans just won the OPSL title.

Clubs will hype their coaches, their histories of moving players up, their locations. All in the name of getting the best guys on their rosters. The networking is beginning to buzz. It’s the year of the player.

In Kitsap County the Pumas are holding tryouts. WestSound FC will follow with their own tryouts soon. (David Falk)

In Kitsap County the Pumas are holding tryouts. WestSound FC will follow with their own tryouts soon. (David Falk)

The EPLWA has a 25-man roster limit. If we apply that total to all 15 clubs (it will likely be a bit less), then we see the state needs 375 players.

Premier Development League (PDL)

Teams: Kitsap Pumas, Sounders U-23, Puget Sound Gunners, Washington Crossfire

Evergreen Premier League of Washington (EPLWA)

Teams: Bellingham United, Seattle Stars FC, South Sound FC, Spokane SC Shadow, Wenatchee United FC, WestSound FC, Vancouver Victory FC, Yakima United FC

National Premier Soccer League (NPSL)

Teams: Spartans Futbol Club, Seattle NPSL, Inter United FC


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14 thoughts on “Players Wanted: 375 roster spots on Washington’s semi-pro outdoor sides

  1. I’d love to continue playing competitive soccer. I’m 21 and have played college soccer out in Iowa for a little community college. I’m a midfielder/winger. Please contact me about any open tryouts.

  2. To Whom it May Concern, An amazing soccer player from Italy (semi professional and currently on a paid league) Recruited at age 14 to play for Sienna Series level A for four years and removed from family his family. He was injured and stepped down while in recovery. He chose not to re-engage but as to recuperate. He now is playing for a semi professional league in Umbria but although offered other opportunities in Italy he has hopes and in a perfect world would love to consider possibly a relocation to his Aunt in US(my) home.

    Not sure if tryouts are over but thought i would check. He is here until June 13th so if this is even possible PLEASE let us know. I am confident this is as much for him as it will be for your team!! He is truly amazing!

    Kind Regards,

    Nancy Carducci Hodges

    • Hello Nancy, I happen to see your post and not sure if I can help you any, Im Mom to a 19 yr old who went to tryouts in Italy from a Club in Argentina, also got an injury which prevented him from getting signed in Torino, now he’s in Perugia
      ( Umbria)
      where he is at completion of his rehabilitation, I told him to just give up and come home but he’s set on following this dream, and is currently waiting to travel to a 2nd div team in Portugal… I’d luv to chat with you, my email address is and live in NY
      feel free to contact me if you want to share any of your nephew experiences or as I said if I can help in any way, I’ll be traveling to Italy in 2 weeks to see my son
      hope to hear from you

      Loretta Conti

  3. Yes I am interested in continuing my soccer career and would like any or all information on Locations and dates on your open tryouts.

    Colin Ienn

  4. i just got out of bootcamb for the military and saw this post while i was searching. anymore information about hte tryouts, i’ll be pleased.

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