The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
Our Annual “Best Youth Soccer Crest” vote is one of the most popular features on www.goalWA.net. See our winners below along with more about this Northwest tradition.
BREMERTON, WA — The Kitsap Pumas unveiled their crest back in March of 2009 (video) as the club prepared to join the Premier Development League (PDL). Designer Joel DuChesne was at the press conference when his creation was revealed. The Pumas logo does dual duty, now acting also as the symbol of the club’s growing youth program.
Four and a half years later the Pumas logo has gone to the top, getting the most votes to take home the 2013 goalWA.net Best Youth Soccer Crest vote in the annual competition. The Pumas join previous winners Blackhills FC (2010), Spokane Scotties (2011) and Pacific Northwest Soccer Club (2012).
Nearly 800 votes were cast in the final ballot with the Pumas getting 40% of them. Giving the Kitsap crew a good chase was second place Spokane Sabers, who came close with 38% of the vote. Overall nearly 3,000 votes were cast to get to the winner.
The Pumas also made the final four in this year’s “Logo Wars,” which features semi-pro and professional adult crests in battle around Washington. Kitsap eventually was bumped out of that race by Seattle Sounders FC, but in their first year of being allowed to also compete in the youth vote, the Pumas used their strong online community connections to win it all.
Kitsap Pumas online:
FINAL VOTING RESULTS:
2012 Winners Pacific Northwest Soccer Club
Pacific Northwest Soccer Club are the 2012 winners after taking almost 37% of the popular vote amongst 1,286 cast. They join Blackhills FC (Lacey, 2010) and Spokane Scotties (2011) in the contest Hall of Fame.
It wasn’t long ago that PNWSC didn’t even exist. They formed only recently out of the merger of Greater Renton FC and Dos FC.
Once the new name was chosen then came efforts to pick new colors and have a crest designed for the new club.
The color scheme is in the vein of West Ham United and Aston Villa of the English Premier League, but the look is all Seattle with the Space Needle graphic crisscrossing the center and functioning as the “A” in “PAC.”
The general readership of goalWA.net liked the look, and the club also rallied its families and friends to vote online. The payoff is winning the 2012 contest and sending 18 club representatives to a pizza party at Korrio offices in Seattle, followed by a stroll down 1st avenue to watch the Sounders tackle FC Dallas on October 21st at CenturyLink Field.
2011 Winners: Spokane Scotties
The east side of the state has bragging rights as the Scotties of Spokane have rallied their troops and won the hearts of neutrals by topping a handful of bigger clubs and winning the 2011 Best Crest vote as sponsored by www.goalWa.com, Korrio and Code Four Athletics.
The second annual Best Crest contest saw a record number of votes cast. Between the semifinal and final ballot 5,287 votes were cast. In the end the Scotties accounted for 26% of the votes in the final ballot, edging out Seattle United’s 25% and Federal Way FC’s 23% (rounded up). See the chart below.
Final Poll Results, 2011 Best Crest Vote
Winning the vote means that 18 members of the Scotties’ community will be hosted by Korrio at the Seattle Sounders FC match on October 15 against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Scotties will have a pizza party at Korrio offices and then march to the match from there. It will be a very special night in Seattle as it will be Kasey Keller’s last regular season home match before he retires.
Code Four Athletics will reward second-place Seattle United with a select choice of general soccer gear.
The Scotties’ crest features Spokane landmarks integrated with a Scottish flag. The shield includes Spokane icons the Riverfront Clocktower and the 1974 World’s Fair Tent Pavilion.
The Scotties have shown to be a fiercely independent club, choosing their own path in Washington soccer. The club remains dedicated to the local scene and Inland Empire kids. The Scotties offer competitive soccer at old-school prices.
On www.SpokaneScotties.com the club shares a bit of its history:
The Scotties Soccer club was started in the late 70’s, as a select division of competitive soccer ran by Spokane Youth Sports Association, under Washington State Youth Soccer. In the late 90’s Ron Evans, a Scotties coach at the time, worked to help organize the club efforts. Ron was a fan of the San Jose Earthquakes, whose colors happen to be Royal Blue, White and Black, thus the Scotties colors were chosen.
In early 2005, Fred Bowman, another Scotties coach, started the process to form the first Spokane Scotties club election for the board and officers. The Board consisted of Fred Bowman (President), Jim Pratt (Vice President), Allen Berry (Treasurer), Tami Booey (Secretary). Later, we completed the Board and elected the three additional members. The club continued to grow and develop under SYSA playing in District 6 Washington State Youth Soccer.
In 2009 Washington State soccer decided to condense the number of associations and notified SYSA. In early 2010, the Spokane Scotties Soccer club members voted to work with SYSA under US Club Soccer. As a club we felt SYSA and the Scotties both have always focused on the best interests of the young athletes in the region, developing sportsmanship and team work in Spokane since the 70′s.
Under the new structure our athletes have the opportunity to play soccer at the second highest level in Washington State in the Puget Sound Premier League “Copa Division”. We have benefited with this new partnership as our teams have the opportunity to advance to the premier “Championship Division” and then to the highest level of the Super Division. Today we offer competitive soccer ages U-10 through U-19.
As a club we are open to change and doing what is in the best interest of Spokane soccer and young athletes in the region. We are very excited about our partnership with SYSA and US Club Soccer as we feel this will make us even stronger and more competitive. We look forward to the future of Spokane soccer and know the Scotties will be a huge part of it.
Best Crest winners Spokane Scotties guests of Korrio at Sounders match
The anticipation had been building for quite some time in Spokane. On October 15 finally the time came for a group representing the Scotties to come to the Emerald City and get their first-place prize. What a night, and what a match it turned out to be! The 2011 Best Club Crest in Washington vote was won by the Spokane Scotties. Their reward was a trip to Seattle to have a pre-match pizza party at Korrio offices and then march to the match to see the Sounders take on San Jose on Kasey Keller’s big big night.
We all know how the match went: instant classic.
Now goalWA.net can share a few photos of how it went for the Scotties.
See many more shots over at Korrio’s Facebook page.