EPLWA 2018 Club Preview: Bellingham United

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BELLINGHAM, WA— Change is the word for the EPLWA in 2018 and Bellingham United are no exception as the Hammers have a new head coach and are playing at a new  venue this season.

bufc-clearBellingham United FC

FOUNDED: 2011
HOME GROUND: PHILLIPS 66 PARK
COLORS: BLACK & WHITE
EPLWA TITLES: NONE
HEAD COACH: JASON CONWAY
DIVISION: CASCADE

New Faces, New Places

“Preseason has gone well,” says Jason Conway, the new gaffer at BUFC who comes in after Lance Calloway stepped away as the only Head Coach the Hammers had ever known. “With a new coach and new players, we have been trying to develop our identity, understand our playing style and work to get to know each other. We played Whatcom CC, Snohomish County FC and Skagit Valley College as well as participating in the Olympic Force Jamboree. We have had some good results so far and we are constantly working on our shape and chemistry on the field. We don’t have our full squad yet while we wait for college players but we hope they will enter into our plans when they are done at college.”

Bellingham United Online: BellinghamUnited.com / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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Richard Henderson is a star forward on the pitch and now an assistant to new gaffer Jason Conway.

Keep the Ball

Conway hints that his type of club is one that keeps control. “Overall, we are excited to entertain the fans of Whatcom County this year with disciplined, possession based football. Moving to Saturday evening games will attract more people to come out and spend an evening with Bellingham United. We hope to bring more youth players out to watch the older players and see what they can look forward to someday.”

CASCADE

CLUB POINTS PLAYED W L T GF GA GD
BELLINGHAM UNITED
OLYMPIC FORCE
WASHINGTON PREMIER FC

Forward Henderson’s Added Role

Richard Henderson is a top scorer for the Hammers both indoors and out. Conway has tabbed him as an assistant along with his playing duties. “Jason has made a distinct point of playing with an identity and has a certain style of play he wants the players to execute,” Henderson says. “I think it allows for a more possession based approach that hopefully should allow for the fans to see Bellingham with more of the ball and hopefully turning that into an attacking approach that should see a lot of goals and chances created. I think this year is also a good platform for the players to build from, in the last two years we have had two second place finishes therefore we have built consistency and we know what it takes to be at the top end of the table fighting for the championship.”

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Loving it in Hammertown

“I love playing for Bellingham. There is a great atmosphere and connection with the soccer enthusiasts but also the proud community members of Bellingham who support us,” Henderson says. The Hammers have been leaders in the #HometownSoccer movement in the Northwest. “We are trying to strengthen that connection and really build a strong following which I hope will start with our first home game this Saturday at our new facility. I moved up to Bellingham three years ago and have found lifelong friends from this club. Several of us are involved in the game at different levels, either playing, coaching or teaching at the local schools, clubs and colleges. It is great to see younger players you coached before coming through to the semi-pro environment and growing as players and as young men. The diversity of people we have at the club makes it such a fun place to be around.”

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Time for an Outdoor Title

The Hammers have won three straight Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) titles, but never an outdoor one. “Everyone has individual motivations such as staying fit and playing competitively, wanting to get better themselves for their college or high school season and guys who are trying to break into the pro ranks. The club accommodates all of those and more, but more importantly within that there is a collective motivation to represent Bellingham to the best of their ability and hopefully win a championship.”

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2018 Bellingham United FC

Coaches:
Jason Conway- Head Coach
Arpad Benyi- Assistant Coach
Richard Henderson- Assistant Coach
Noah Braun- Assistant Coach
Auden Schilder- GK Coach

Players:
Cesar Medina Perez
Santos Eduaro Perez
Nathan Sanders
Brendan Aune
Jeffry Meier
Tomas Alvarado
Dane Thurston
Eduardo Perez
Dylan Langei
Jamie Clough
Juan Soto
Joel Moreno
Paul Cuedas
Vidal Zaragoza
Rapheal Jimenez
Beck Werny
Nick Cashmere
Ivan Colin
Fransisco Medina
Olegario Orozco
Riley Liddle
Eleazar Galvan
Adriano Terenzi
Manuel Mendez
Obed Camacho
Uriel Herrera
David Ginburg
Sawyer Preston
Conner Moe
Richard Henderson
Chris Jepson
Noe Betancourt Cruz

Home Venue- Phillips 66 Soccer park, 5328 Northwest Dr. Bellingham, WA 98226

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