SHORELINE, WA.— Emerald City Football Club of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) will play their league home matches at Woolsey Stadium (artificial surface) on the campus of Kings High School in Shoreline this spring and summer. Last year the club played at Interbay Stadium in Magnolia, just north of downtown Seattle.
This is just one of the updates sent to goalWA by head coach Niki Taylor, who is also the commissioner of the Northwest Division in the WPSL.
Emerald City debuted in the league last season and were instantly very difficult to beat. The club amassed a number of draws that eventually saw them just miss out on the playoffs. Now a core group of players is set to join a larger contingent in hopes of taking that next post-season step.
Taylor tells goalWA.net that 25 players are lined up thus far. Ten of those are returners who contributed significant minutes in 2012.
Some of the schools represented on the ECFC roster this summer will be: University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Western Washington, Gonzaga, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Colgate (NY), Columbia (NY), Northwestern (IL), Boise State University.
Two-thirds of Emerald City’s rostered players played their youth soccer in the Seattle area, but they also have the countries of Spain, Brazil, and Serbia represented. Two players have played with the senior Serbia Women’s National team.
The ECFC roster will be completed with open tryouts in May (details to follow).
The club shares good news that The Sports Medicine Clinic has renewed as its title sponsor.
WPSL NW expands
There has been plenty of news about the WPSL Northwest Division this off-season. The Spokane Shine have a new head coach and also a new home venue. Issaquah SC will take the name Seattle Reign FC Reserves as they partner with the Seattle professional club. The Northwest Division will be up to eight clubs with the editions of (Oregon) West Side Timbers, Tualatin United Diamonds and (Washington) AC Seattle.
The league website reflects the new look to the NW. It doesn’t yet show the plan to divide into Washington and Oregon divisions leading up to a post-season tournament.
“We see it as a positive that our NW Division is growing and is now up to eight teams,” Taylor told INW Soccer News after details broke on the expansion. “Having four teams in Oregon and four teams in Washington allows us to split into two divisions, play more local games, and hold a Conference Tournament to determine our representative to Regionals…an event that should make the summer more exciting for players and fans. The league added a third Seattle team (AC Seattle, Italian imported players) because they saw their player pool niche as different from the current teams in the greater-Seattle market.”
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