TRI-CITIES, WA – (August 15, 2013) The Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) announces today that the Three Rivers Soccer Club has been accepted to enter a men’s adult team into the statewide semi-pro league that kicks off in May of 2014.
Three Rivers Director of Coaching (DOC) Chad Bodnar is also the head coach for the Walla Walla CC Warriors successful soccer teams. Bodnar took the lead in pursuing an EPLWA team for the Tri-Cities.
“The Tri-Cities area is a booming soccer community,” Bodnar says, “and growing rapidly in population. It’s diverse and multicultural population is ripe with spectators and talent alike. This opportunity will only heighten the level of interest in soccer for our community. We expect to have a significant interest from the community in our team and anticipate creating a competitive and soccer-friendly environment.”
The greater metro area including Pasco, Kennewick and Richland listed a population of over 250,000 in a 2010 census.
Three Rivers is mapping out their path to success in year one. “First we will initiate the business development plan that addresses the majority of the administration strategy needed,” Bodnar explains. “In conjunction, we will start assembling known players/staff in the area to ensure we provide a quality product for our fans. Marketing will begin in the next month for the new team, and we are mapping out plans for improving the complex where we will play.”
Three Rivers follows Wenatchee United into the EPLWA as the second team east of the mountains. “It is a great opportunity for all ages to showcase there skills and potentially spark the communities interest by including known players that have ties locally, as well as integrate players from different areas who are interested in playing at a higher level in Eastern Washington,” Bodnar says.
EPLWA Coordinator David Falk knows the importance of having a Tri-Cities entry in the statewide league. “We had hopes from the very beginning that a worthy applicant would come forward from the area. The league believes that Three Rivers will run a team that in time becomes important to the local soccer culture. We are excited to see how the region responds to this new opportunity.”
FC Three Rivers becomes the sixth club accepted into the Evergreen Premier League. Earlier the EPLWA accepted Bellingham United FC (Bellingham), South Sound FC(Tacoma), Wenatchee United FC (Wenatchee), Seattle Stars FC (Tukwila) and WestSound FC (Silverdale). More club announcements are expected in the near future.
Tri-Cities will have a rival in Wenatchee United, 132 miles to the northwest. Other road trips will take longer. Here’s the mileage: Bellingham-312, Tacoma-240, Tukwila-229, Silverdale-277.
About Three Rivers
FC Three Rivers will have independent investors working with the EPLWA team. Three Rivers Soccer Club will be a sponsor for the men’s team. The youth club has about 800 players and is a member of the Regional Club League in Washington Youth Soccer. They recently took over the Sun City Strikers in Yakima to form TRSC Yakima, a branch of their RCL side. Three Rivers SC has players from the Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Yakima, Grandview,Walla Walla, Sunnyside and most of Eastern Washington. Three Rivers SC staff includes former and current college and professional players and coaches and is the largest youth club in South Eastern Washington.
About the EPLWA
The Evergreen Premier League is an elite adult men’s soccer league for college and post-college age players to feature their skills on hometown clubs throughout the state of Washington. The league’s mission is to cultivate “football club” culture while providing opportunities for coaches, owners, supporters, players and towns to enjoy the sport and all of the community-building it can bring.