SPOKANE, WA—The Spokane Shadow men are joining the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the league and club announced today.
The Shadow, who have won the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) twice, will also remain in Washington’s elite adult amateur soccer competition, fielding teams in both leagues. The Shadow also field a team in the Northwest Premier League (NWPL) for elite adult amateur women.
Shadow join NPSL
PRESS RELEASE: The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Spokane Soccer Club Shadow (Spokane, WA) has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will compete in the West Region’s Northwest Conference.
“We are very excited to see our Northwest Conference continue to grow,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented. “The Pacific Northwest has always been a hotbed of American soccer and we’re excited to have Spokane Soccer Club Shadow leading the way in the region.”
Spokane Shadow is led by Technical Director Abbas Faridnia, President Barrett Scudder, and Head Coach Chad Brown.
Faridnia oversees the entire club, from U9s to senior teams, which includes over 1,200 players and 85 teams. Scudder is an officer on the club’s Board of Directors. Brown is the head coach of the NPSL first team.
“Our team has won two of the last three championships in our current league,” Faridnia noted. “After winning the championship there is not another step. We are ready to take the next step. The opportunity, if we are lucky enough, to play for a national title and also compete in the U.S. Open Cup is exciting.”
SSC Shadow serves Spokane’s premier, select, and recreational youth soccer players and senior men and women adult teams committed to advancing their skills and love of soccer by striving to achieve the highest standards training, instruction, and competition in an atmosphere of teamwork, respect, and professionalism. Shadow is the only Inland Empire member of the Regional Club League (RCL), which consists of the top 20 clubs in Washington Youth Soccer.
“We are looking forward to a raise in the competitive level and are hopeful that we will be competitive in the NPSL,” Faridnia concluded. “We do want to provide our area of players and fans the opportunity to watch soccer live at the highest level we can provide. We are a small market team that has a great fan base in one of the hotbed areas of the United States.”
Home matches will be played at Spokane Falls Community College Stadium (Spokane, WA). The facility has 4,000 seats in addition to a professional sound system, full scoreboard, concession facility, and restrooms. The stadium boasts a natural field surface that measures 72 yards by 115 yards.
More information about the club can be found at http://www.spokanesc.org or by following the club on Facebook (@SSCShadowmen), Twitter (@spokaneshadow), Instagram (@spokaneshadow), and YouTube (@spokaneshadow).
ABOUT THE NPSL
The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. NPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). The NPSL remains one of the largest national leagues in North America.