BELLINGHAM, WA—The Evergreen Premier League has issued the following statement in regards to the news of the folding of Wenatchee FC’s Men’s team:
The Evergreen Premier League officially confirms that Wenatchee FC will not participate in our 2017 season.
We would like to thank the players, fans, coaches and especially Javier Reyna and his family for being a part of the EPLWA since they were announced as our third club back in 2013.
“Wenatchee FC always operated in a way that made us proud to have them in our league,” says EPLWA President Peter Ostrovsky. “We are saddened by their departure as we know what they have come to mean for so many in the Wenatchee Valley.”
The Evergreen Premier League will now look toward its future with an effort to add an 8th club back into play. A committee has been formed to review the current applications for entrance into the league.
The league would also like to encourage other serious, organized clubs to fill out our online “Application of Interest” for the 8th spot.
The EPLWA understands time is of the essence for an 8th club to be accepted and begin its preparations for 2017 and plans to have a final choice announced by December 31, 2016.
goalWA.net understands that the league has a working group of interested clubs already in place. Those applied clubs will be evaluated by a new expansion committee in the coming weeks. The league statement makes it clear that the EPLWA is also still accepting new applications as they begin the process of finding a club to return the competition to 8 sides.