SMOKEY POINT, WA— Premier Men’s Soccer arrives in Snohomish County in 2019 with the debut of the Snohomish County FC Steelheads in the Western Washington Premier League (WWPL). The elite adult amateur team will compete regionally against 10 other sides from around the region with open tryouts in March and a 10-match regular season from late April through mid July.
Snohomish County has a history in elite adult play with former clubs like the Everett Bigfoot and the North Sound SeaWolves (both of the former PDL.) The Steelheads bring a grass-roots approach to the game with players who live, work and play in the area. Last season for friendlies the SnoCo FC roster featured around 30 guys that graduated from 18 different county high schools. That group included many players with high level college experience.
“It has been a while since talented adult male players have had the option to stay home in Snohomish County for the summer and compete at this level,” says Steelheads GM David Falk. “I know Head Coach Dagi Kesim is looking forward to raising the opportunities locally and competing against some stacked clubs in 2019.”
Kesim knows the first goal for SnoCo FC is to “stay up.” The top 6 finishers in the 2019 WWPL will advance form a new WWPL D1 for 2020. “We of course want to be one of those 6 clubs,” Kesim says. “We think we have plenty of talent in our county to make a run at it.”
Kesim and his coaches will be in charge of Steelheads Open Tryouts, scheduled for March 9 and 10 at Lakewood High School Stadium in Smokey Point. He has also been networking with players in the off-season, including getting a commitment from speedy Seattle Pacific forward (Cascade HS, Everett) Samuel Agyei. “Other teams in our league are playing year-round indoors and outdoors, so we know the challenges ahead,” says Kesim.
The WWPL is ready for a rapid jump in level of play in 2019 with the addition of multiple clubs with strong player pipelines. Tacoma Narrows FC has a core of talent, Puget Sound FC is connected with Nido Club America Seattle, Crossfire is part of the youth juggernaut. BeSea FC will feature Bellevue CC (NWAC) players. The Steelheads have north Puget Sound to draw talent from.
“We hope to get a good turn out at tryouts,” Falk says. “We believe in the talent level in Snohomish County and now the area gets to prove itself on the pitch.”