Drawing a crowd harder for EPLWA clubs in league’s second season

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The Evergreen Premier League saw total attendance and average dip in its sophomore season. In the league’s debut 2014 season clubs reported a combined league average of 298 fans per match. This season that average fell by 61 fans to 237 per match.

There are various theories as to why the drop happened. Perhaps the “newness” of the league, or the novelty of a first season, wore a bit thin. There was also the scorching hot weather which might have driven fans to stay inside and cool for weekend matinees. There were also individual circumstances with teams that eventually affected the total league average.

Wenatchee FC packed them in for this pre-season match with Pinnacles FC, but not being able to play at the Apple Bowl saw attendance for the Capitals drop in 2015. (WFC) Wenatchee FC packed them in for this pre-season match with Pinnacles FC, but not being able to play at the Apple Bowl saw attendance for the Capitals drop in 2015. (WFC / Kelly Gillin)

Bellingham United fell…

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Social Buzz: Wenatchee FC’s firefighting defender Vidal Hurtado

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socialBUZZWelcome to a new feature on goalWA.net called “Social Buzz” where we will highlight soccer topics that are trending in social media in the state of Washington!divider-arrow-1

Social Buzz: This photo of Wenatchee FC defender Vidal Hurtado standing in near Icicle Ridge has been a hot view this week on Facebook. Social Buzz: This photo of Wenatchee FC defender Vidal Hurtado standing near Icicle Ridge has been a hot view this week on Facebook.

BUZZ: This week the wildfires around our state have been big news. It wasn’t too long before social media connected the fire fight to our soccer community. Wenatchee FC posted a photo of defender Vidal Hurtado, his face blackened by a day’s work on the firelines. We shared the photo along with one of Vidal on the pitch for the Capitals. That share went viral, and has now been viewed over 10,000 times and liked over 300 times. Seems all of us are appreciative of these guys. All the more so when we learn that one of them…

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#TACOMABOYS – EPLWA Home Towns Film features South Sound FC

Daniel Gray’s strike voted by fans as “EPLWA Goal of the Year” for 2015

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VOTE: 2015 EPLWA “Goal of the Year!”

There’s something for everyone in the four nominees for 2015 Goal of the Year in the Evergreen Premier League.

Which is the best? You decide!
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EPLWA club 2015 season’s end videos

A look back at the 2015 seasons of the eight Evergreen Premier League clubs.
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Galvan (goalKING) and Kintz (Safe Hands) honored with 2015 season awards

Eleazar Galvan led the Evergreen Premier League in goals most of the season. Chris Kintz had a second straight stellar season in goal. Today both players are honored with post-season awards.
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Talley (Spokane), Jackson (South Sound) earn final EPLWA Rock’em Socks Player of Week honors

They both hoisted trophies last week. One in Spokane and the other across the country in Virginia. Both are champions and represent the bright young stars playing in the Evergreen Premier League. This week one scored four goals in a single match and the other played his part in shutting down a tough offense. Adam Talley of the Spokane Shadow and Taylor Jackson of the South Sound Shock are the final EPLWA Rock’em Socks Players of the Week for the 2015 season.
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Season concludes with wins for Vancouver and Bellingham, draw between South Sound and Wenatchee

The 2015 Evergreen Premier League season came to a close on Sunday July 26 with three matches that saw 14 goals scored. Standings places were finalized with the Olympic Force finishing fourth in their debut season.
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FINAL STANDINGS – 2015 Evergreen Premier League Season

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Shadow roll past Force, celebrate second EPLWA championship

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SPOKANE, WA— The 2015 Evergreen Premier League Champion Spokane Shadow had a week to prepare for their final home match and the celebrations that followed. They handled both quite well on Saturday night with a comprehensive 5-1 win over the Olympic Force and a trohpy presentation that capped off their second straight title campaign.
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LAST WEEK of the SEASON! EPLWA matches for July 25-26, 2015

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Cashmere (Bellingham), Watters (Spokane) beat the heat to earn EPLWA Rock’em Socks Player of the Week honors for July 19

The EPLWA Rock’em Socks Players of the Week were earned at the same place last weekend, Bellingham’s Civic Stadium. It was hot both days there but especially on Sunday when the temperatures soared around Washington. The two guys who get socks were ones who kept their cool as their sides recorded big wins from very different places in the table.
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Shadow clinch 2015 EPLWA title; Force move up to fourth

The Spokane Shadow are the 2015 Evergreen Premier League Champions  after finishing a second straight season unbeaten on the road. The Olympic Force created plenty of chances but it took until the 90th minute for them to get a winner and move into the top half of the table.
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South Sound wins U23 National Championship with help from EPLWA brothers

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U23 National Champions! (Barrett Goddard)

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA—The South Sound FC Shock, with added firepower from fellow Evergreen Premier League teams, swept through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) U23 National Championships on Sunday July 19 to bring home a trophy for the Tacoma club and prestige for the second-year Washington state league.

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The Shock rampaged through the competition, outscoring their opponents 22-4 (including a 3-0 forfeit win) on their way to the championship. The semifinals were postponed on Saturday night due to lightning, setting up a brutal double header morning. South Sound kicked off against Rosedale Super Eagles (New York) at 7 AM Eastern Standard Time. They won the semifinal match 3-1 thanks to goals from Isidro Prado-Huerta, Vincent McCluskey and Scotty Hanson.

The victory set up a Finals match just a few hours later at the Virginia Beach Soccer Complex Stadium. Kick off came at 12 noon EST in hot weather. The Shock were ready to go against Real New York FC. Brandon Madsen gave SSFC a 1-0 lead just 4 minutes in (video). It was 2-0 in the 18th when Eleazar Galvan scored (video). It was 4-0 at the half after Vincent McCluskey and Cody Guthrie chipped in.

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Coors Light (?) pops in the locker room. (Barrett Goddard)

In the second half Guthrie got his second goal for a 5-0 advantage for the Washingtonians. Then he got tangled up as the “last defender” in the box and was red carded on a penalty kick call. RNYFC converted to make it 5-1 and the Shock were down to 10 men. However, they never let up and controlled the play. In the late going they even added to their triumph. Timur Zhividze assisted as Isidro Prado-Huerta scored in the 87th and then he drew a penalty call in added time. Taylor Jackson converted it for a 7-1 final. After four years of going to Nationals the Shock and Head Coach Adam Becker head home as champions.

The Evergreen Premier League was rooting with much interest as Wenatchee FC (Eleazar Galvan) and Timur Zhividze (Vancouver Victory FC) were loaned to the Shock for the tournament. Both played well and notched multiple goals and assists in the effort. V2FC owner Barrett Goddard was an assistant coach during the tournament.

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Head Coach Adam Becker (far left) and coach Dominick Cusato (far right) with the players who will move on from the U23 age group after winning it all! (Barrett Goddard)

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