You likely have heard the joke and punchline before: “How do you make a small fortune in soccer? Start with a big fortune.” It’s funny because it’s true.
(Cover photo: Tacoma Tide FC, 2011.)
July 2018 UPDATE: Kitsap Pumas fold out of the NPSL
I posted this original article last year. Here’s an update which shows the sale of Washington Crossfire (PDL) and the addition of Pierce County FC, Kitsap SC and Spokane Shadow to the NPSL.
Washington’s Folded / Rebranded / Moved Clubs
One way to look at the leagues our 4th Division clubs populate is to compile a list of current and former clubs in those leagues. Lower level soccer is a risky undertaking indeed. Owners get into the game for various reasons. The dream of running a club? A love for the game? A misconception that it can be profitable? A genuine desire to give players a place to play? A way to give back to a community?
|League||Years in WA||Active Clubs||Moved or Rebranded||Folded|
The PDL in various forms has had clubs in Washington dating back to 1994. Along the way the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) has also hosted Washington clubs. In our region, the PDL and NPSL have seen clubs in Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. The table above and list below features only Washington State clubs. If we look beyond our borders we’ll see such clubs as Hood River FC / SO Samba / Gorge FC (NSPL, folded), Portland Spartans (NPSL, active) Southern Oregon Fuego (NPSL, folded), Idaho Wolves (NPSL, folded), Magic Valley FC (NPSL, active), Cascade Surge (PDL, folded) Lane United (PDL, active), Timbers U23 (PDL, active), Willamette Valley Firebirds (PDL, folded), Victoria Highlanders (PDL, folded, relaunched), Calgary Storm (PDL, folded), Calgary Foothills FC (PDL, active) Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves (PDL, folded), Abbotsford Rangers (PDL, folded), Abbotsford Mariners (PDL, folded.) —Who did I forget?
Still active: Sounders U23
Active in a new league: Kitsap Pumas (NPSL) – Update Folded 2018
Moved: Yakima Reds (1995-2010) became the North Sound SeaWolves (Everett) and then the Puget Sound Gunners (Issaquah) before their PDL rights were sold to the current Victoria Highlanders (Canada.) Washington Crossfire (Redmond) were sold to a BC group and became TSS Rovers in 2017.
The Seattle Wolves (2008-2009) PDL rights were sold to Washington Crossfire (Redmond) (2010-2016.)
The Tacoma Tide (2006-2011) PDL rights were sold to Sounders U23 (Tacoma) (2012-.)
Still active: OSA FC-PacNW (formerly “OSA FC”), Spokane Shadow
Moved: Tacoma 253 FC moved to Kent to become OSA FC.
Still active: Bellingham United (2012-), Olympic Force (Bremerton) (2015-), Seattle Stars FC (2011-), Washington Premier FC (Tacoma) (2011-), Spokane Shadow (2014-) , Yakima United FC (2011-), Oly Town FC (2017-)
Name change: WestSound FC (2014) became Olympic Force (2015-.) South Sound FC (2011) became Washington Premier FC (2018-).
Folded: Wenatchee FC (2014-2016)