The Evergreen Premier League kicks off its fourth season as Washington’s elite men’s statewide soccer competition on Sunday April 30 with matches in Olympia, Bellingham and Kent.
Here’s a bunch of recent news from the league and its clubs.
Soccer City joins EPLWA as Official Supplier of 2017 adidas match ball
BELLINGHAM, WA— Evergreen Premier League players will kick at the same ball as Major League Soccer stars in 2017 thanks to a new partnership with Soccer City and its owner / founder Drew Smiley.
“The ability for all EPLWA sides to compete against each other using the same match ball is critical to having a level playing field, both literally and figuratively,” says EPLWA President Peter Ostrovsky. “We are extremely grateful that Soccer City and its owner Drew Smiley have agreed to be our 2017 Official Match Ball Provider especially because of Drew’s grassroots with soccer at all levels in Whatcom County and beyond.”
Vancouver, Bellingham notch preseason wins
Bellingham United and Vancouver Victory FC played and won preseason matches over the weekend. Now we are less than two weeks away from the start of the Evergreen Premier League’s fourth season on April 30.
On the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham the Hammers of BUFC scored a 3-2 win over the WWU Vikings at Harrington Field. Read a Hammers match report here.
Vancouver Victory FC played a preseason friendly against Seattle Ghana Black Stars on Saturday night at Ridgefield High School. With Mt. St. Helens looming in the background the Victory took a 4-1 win over the visitors. See a club match report here.
Oly Town Artesians Turn Indoor Soccer Success into Outdoor League
Obviously, there will be a change in seasons as the Oly Town Artesians transition to a new league, going from winter to spring as they continue to play soccer. And there will be a change in venue, moving from indoor to outdoor.
But for Ray Finn, coach of the Artesians, the results will be the same as they transition to a new league. It’s still all about having fun.
“This is pure joy to me,” Finn said as he watched his players scrimmage at a recent practice. “I love this. It gives me a lot of joy to stand out here and coach.”
The Olympic Force is excited to announce an official partnership with Harbor Soccer Club.
This partnership is brought about through an already existing relationship of players and coaches as well as a common desire for the future of soccer on the Peninsula. Building on our existing relationships with local clubs, Bremerton Soccer Club and Tracyton Soccer Club, adding a partnership with Harbor Soccer Club was the next step in helping kids advance through the ranks of youth soccer with as much opportunity as possible.
Seattle Stars reveal new crest
Seattle Stars FC are revealing a new club crest for 2017 as they await the arrival of new home and away kits that will feature the new badge.
The new Stars badge becomes the 3rd look for the club since it was founded back in 2011. “Stars” have always been the main theme, and “Seattle” has been represented first by a Chief Seattle insignia, then the Space Needle both in profile and up close, and now with a city skyline.
New batch of EPLWA Player of the Week socks arrive for 2017
BELLINGHAM,WA— A brand new batch of Rock’em Socks EPLWA Player of the Week socks have arrived at league HQ in Bellingham. The socks are awarded to offensive and defensive standouts weekly during the Evergreen Premier League season.