SPOKANE, WA—The Spokane Shadow announced today that former Major League Soccer player Kevin Forrest has committed to playing for the team during its debut season in the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA). The former professional played one season in MLS during the Seattle Sounders’ inaugural season as well as two seasons in the USL First Division.
“I am happy I could help the Shadow out,” said Forrest. “It should be a fun experience and I look forward to playing for the team, especially when they are playing in the Puget Sound area in front of my friends and family.”
A Seattle native, the University of Washington product and 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year was originally drafted by the Colorado Rapids in 2008, but would make his professional debut with the Sounders in USL-1. The club went on to sign him for their debut MLS campaign.
Though Forrest did not make any official league appearances with the team, he did score one of the most pivotal goals in club history, netting the 1-0 winner against the Rapids in a US Open Cup qualifier that put the team into the tournament they went on to win three consecutive times starting that season. It was redemption for Forrest, whose saved penalty attempt the previous year in the US Open Cup semifinal against Charleston was the decisive moment that put the Battery in the Final versus DC United.
Forrest would finish the 2009 season with the Portland Timbers in USL-1, helping lead the team to the regular season title and a league-record 23-match unbeaten streak. He also scored the opening goal in a friendly against Bayern Munich II, the reserve team of the famous German club.
“We are thrilled that Kevin has chosen to play for us this season,” said Shadow General Manager Gerald Barnhart. “We have a great group of high school and collegiate talent in our current preseason pool and lined up to play for us this season, but adding a handful of former professional players like Kevin will give us some key experience, particularly early in the season, and it will be beneficial for the younger guys on the squad.”
The son of former NASL Sounder Ward Forrest, he last played organized soccer with Washington Crossfire in the USL PDL (2010-11) while also coaching with the youth club.
The Spokane Shadow open their season May 3 at the newly-renovated Spokane Falls Community College. Ticket packages are available at https://squareup.com/market/ssc-shadow-soccer-club
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