EPLWA 2018 Club Preview: Vancouver Victory

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Muchas Gracias Mexican Food returns for a 5th season of Victory sponsorship.

VANCOUVER, WA— The Vancouver Victory saw an offseason of change as the club switched operators and hired a new head coach and staff. The 2016 EPLWA Champions arrive in 2018 with plenty of questions but also with a sense that plenty of positive answers are just around the corner.

v2fc-full-color-crest-croppedVancouver Victory FC

Founded: 2013
Home Ground: Harmony Complex
Colors: Columbia Blue & Black
EPLWA Titles: One (2016)
Head Coach: Logan Emory
Division: Coastal

“A lot of new and exciting things are happening with the Victory in 2018,” new Head Coach Logan Emory says. “Not only an entirely new coaching staff, but the majority of players are new as well. The club has done an amazing job of laying the groundwork needed to build something special this season. We have great organizational support, amazing fan support, and are building a roster of young, hungry, talented players combined with some experienced players that will help balance the group.”

Online: VancouverVictoryFC.com / Twitter / Facebook

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So Far, So Good

This preseason the results have been less important than getting time to gel. V2FC topped North Idaho College 3-1 but then dropped a 4-0 away friendly at Lane United of the PDL.

“Preseason is going very well, Emory says. “As with most teams at this moment, we are still waiting to get our entire group together as some players are still finishing classes for the year. We were fortunate enough to have two quality friendlies heading that gave us two very different experiences. As a staff we were able to see our group control a game and also be humbled a bit as well. We have been impressed with both the ability and commitment of the core group we currently have and are extremely excited to see how we can integrate the rest of the roster as they arrive.”

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Head Coach Logan Emory (at right) with lead assistant Scott Lewis. (Photos by Alan Moditz.)

Getting the Gang Together

When the gang is all together Emory says supporters at Harmony Sports Complex should be in for a treat. “Fans should watch for a fast, blue-collar, and exciting brand of soccer,” he reveals. “As a staff, we feel that we have three main goals this summer. The first is providing an atmosphere that allows our guys the opportunity to grow and develop as players while they prepare for their fall seasons or the chance to earn a professional contract. Next, we obviously want to win. A critical component to any player’s growth and development is learning and understanding what it takes to win consistently. Lastly, we want to be an entertaining team. We want to give the members of our community a reason to come and support us and have a great time while they are at games. In order to do all of this, we have to allow our players to express themselves creatively while also understanding how they fit into something bigger than themselves.”

The Victory and #HometownSoccer

anchorVancouver will compete in the new Coastal Division of the Evergreen Premier League. They will duke it out with defending champions Seattle Stars and upstarts Oly Town Artesians for a division title and the playoff spot that comes with it. Emory looks forward to being involved with soccer’s adult grass roots. “The best part of #hometownsoccer is that our players, for the most part, directly represent our community in some way. Whether they are from the area or play collegiately in the area, most of our players have strong ties to the Vancouver/Portland area. Because of this, we have a solid understanding of our community and are able to represent the people in the communities we all share and the fans that will be at our games. The structure of the club allows young players to envision a path to the next level of their soccer careers. They can now come watch some of the players they look up to and dream of one day playing in a Victory shirt.”

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Victory Coaching Staff
Logan Emory – Head Coach
Scott Lewis – Assistant Coach
Otis Holt – Assistant Coach

Roster
Kingsley Armah – F
Nick Ballenger – D/M
TJ Burton – F
Wade Coetzee – D
Matt Coffey – M
Cesar Contreras – M
Brady Cooper – GK
Clement Dushimimana – F/M
Tyson Fox – F
Noah Gaines – D
Christian Garcia-Cabello – M
Bryan Gonzalez – M
Marco Gonzalez – GK
Tyson Griffin – D
Eddie Hernandez – D
Fernando Ibanez – M
Joey Kenney – D
Aaron Kinnes – M
Bennet Lehner – F/M
Joe Mack Leonardo – F/M
Daniel Lobera – F/M
Miguel Martin – GK
Sam McDonald – GK
Brandon Medrano – M
Shanoa Montano – F
Andrew Moreland – D/M
Owen Nwankolo – F/M
Zane Provenzano – D/M
Jonathan Reynoso – M
Eddie Sanchez – M/F
Javier Sanchez-Figueroa – M
Jarrett Shrum – M/F
Corey Smith-Dias – D/M
Yohanes Susanto – D
Seiya Takahashi – D
Oliver Tate – D/M
Bailey Thomas – D
Nikita Wall – D/M

Match Details
Home Venue – Harmony Sports Complex
Ticket Prices
Kids 12 & under are free
Individual tickets – $6
Season Tickets – $50. Good for both Victory and Washington Timbers Women’s First Team games

Kick-off times
May 5th vs Yakima – 4 PM
June 3rd vs Spokane – 3 PM
June 10th vs Tri-Cities – 3 PM
June 17th vs Seattle Stars – 5 PM
June 24th vs Oly Town – 4 PM

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