MARYSVILLE, WA— Seattle Stars FC and Fuerza FC have signed an affiliation agreement to exchange players and host Evergreen Premier League matches. The two soccer clubs are coming together at the adult level in an effort to give players more opportunities while at the same time testing the Snohomish County area as a possible long-term home for an Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) club.
“We have entered into an affiliate agreement that will enable both organizations to provide competitive soccer for players of all ages in the communities they serve,” says Fuerza President Tony Carillo. “Seattle Stars FC will have a partner that can create a larger fan base, provide management support for their events, a larger player base to select players from and will enable them to create a youth competitive program in the areas they serve.” Carillo and Fuerza have watched the development of the Evergreen Premier League with great interest. “For FFC this is one of the final steps in its goal to provide the most competitive soccer from youth to adult for both male and female players. FFC is already a member of the Womens Premier Soccer League, so this affiliation gives the male player a path to the best men’s premier league in the region.”
The Stars will play their 2015 league home opener against Wenatchee FC on Saturday April 25 at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. Kickoff time has yet to be determined. The match will be the first contest of the new EPLWA season. Other Stars matches could also be played this year in Marysville, though the club is keeping options open to returning for a match or two at Starfire Sports Complex, which they called home in 2014.
Speaking via a video interview, Seattle Stars FC Co-Founder Margarito Avila says the affiliation will provide around seven players from Fuerza a chance to compete in the EPLWA in 2015 with the Stars.
About Fuerza FC www.FuerzaFC.com
Mission: Provide access to organized Futebol, from youth to adult, in the communities we serve, whilst bringing the highest standards of education to both the players and the educators via our Brazilian Futebol Methodology, with a special emphasis on underserved/underprivileged communities.
About Seattle Stars FC www.SeattleStarsFC.com
Seattle Stars Football Club is a semi-professional football club was formed in 2011 by dedicated people who love the sport of soccer. In 2011 they played in the American National Soccer League and won the western conference title of the ANSL that same year. In 2013 they were accepted as the fourth club into the Evergreen Premier Soccer League and played for the inaugural 2014 season.
About the Evergreen Premier League www.EPLWA.com
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.