Sunday, May 27, 2012

Club Fundraiser and Social

Make it an Emerald City FC Saturday

Come watch our ECFC WPSL team @ 3:00pm vs the Portland Rain

(For tickets and details click here)


Join us in the evening for the First Annual Emerald City FC


Poker Shoot Out

Proceeds benefiting the ECFC Financial Aid Fund

When: Saturday June 2nd

Where: Arena Sports, Magnuson

For more details and how to sign up for this fun club event, click here

Emerald City FC WPSL team win inaugural match against Eugene Metro FC

The Emerald City FC Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team won their inaugural match 2-0 over Eugene Metro FC this Saturday afternoon in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Interbay stadium. It was a beautiful afternoon for soccer and our ECFC team won in convincing style, outshooting Eugene Metro FC 17-8 and controlling the possession and pace of the game for most of the afternoon. While several of our Emerald City FC players had just arrived in town in the past week and have had very little time together with this team, we still managed to put together a number of very high quality chances on goal, most of them coming from good passing sequences. 

Youtube video courtesy GoalWA and Photos by Wilson Tsoi

The historic first goal for our ECFC WPSL Team came in the 23rd minute when Faustine Dufka (University of Washington) played a ball in to Megan Chapin (Western Washington) who slotted home the game winning goal. The half ended 1-0 with our ECFC team beginning to show more of the dominant play that would be the pattern for the second half.
While each team managed 6 shots in the first half, Eugene Metro FC would only find two more opportunities at goal in the second half. Emerald City FC, on the other hand, had 11 shots in the second half and played most of the half in the attacking end. Dominance in the central midfield by Emerald City’s Casey Berrier (Loyola University) and Lindsay Bos (University of Washington) proved to be key in the second half. The second goal for our ECFC Team came in the 57th minute on a beautiful combination of passes that was finished by Taylor Culver (College of Idaho) on her first touch after entering the game as a substitute. Megan Chapin had the assist on Culver’s goal. Liz Ruiz (Boise State) posted the shutout in goal for Emerald City FC with 5 saves.

Thank you to our Emerald City F95 team who took tickets, painted faces, chased balls and helped to make it a great event! Thanks also goes to our Emerald City F01 team and to the HPFC U11 Girls team who escorted the WPSL Players onto the field for the opening introductions and who played in a half time exhibition friendly.
Emerald City FC WPSL’s next home game is against the Portland Timbers Saturday, June 2 at 3:00pm at Interbay Stadium.

Click here for the Home Schedule and to purchase season or single game tickets

Thursday, May 17, 2012

ECFC Women's Premier Soccer League

First ECFC WPSL game Saturday 26th @ 2:00pm
Interbay Stadium
For the Home Schedule and Ticket Information click here

Coach Bobby Howe in the News

Coach Bobby Howe’s resume speaks for itself. He is a Northwest coaching icon and is highly regarded at the US National Level in all coaching circles. His philosophy on coaching youth players has been adopted by many, including the current US Youth Technical Director, Claudio Reyna.

Recently Bobby was interviewed by Soccer America regarding the state of coaching in American Youth Soccer. To read his interview click the links below

In addition, those that watch the Fox Soccer Channel may be familiar with commentator and analyst Keith Costigan. Keith is a former Portland Timbers player that was coached and influenced by Bobby Howe. To read his interview please click here

This weekend, 5/18 and 19, Bobby Howe will be joining NSCAA Hall of Famer and former Womens World Cup winning head coach, Tony DiCicco, for the First PSPL Northwest Coaching Summit. There will be an array of coaches from around the US presenting at Starfire. If you are a coach that would like to attend please click on the above link.
Note: Bobby Howe will be teaching the USSF “A” License in Tacoma in the beginning of June.

Brent Bishop, father of Emerald City FC player Reed, preparing to ascend Mount Everest

M97 player Reed Bishop’s family has a long history with Mount Everest. His grandfather led one of the first US expeditions to summit the mountain. Today Reed’s father is attempting to relive that historical ascent of the West Ridge with a group of climbers supported by Eddie Bauer. Click here for more details.

Emerald City FC is extremely grateful that Reed’s dad took the time to take a picture with an ECFC flag set on a prayer stone at base camp and to send the club this message …
“Emerald City FC, Greetings from Everest Base Camp. Our team is resting at BC before our next rotation up high on the West Ridge. Conditions prove more difficult than expected, with every step is earned with effort and a bit of suffering. Outstanding job on an excellent season and good luck this late spring. Keep the throttle down. Brent — at Everest Base Camp.”

The climbs of the Eddie Bauer teams are being covered by Outside Magazine and various blogs on site, here’s some audio that Reed’s mom, Kim, kindly posted
ECFC wish Brent Bishop and his team the best of luck as they will probably be making their ascent in the next few days.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Emerald City FC Awards Night Honors

Every year ECFC coaches and staff take stock of the season and choose to honor the clubs players, managers and volunteers. This is a unique event that is carried out at Emerald City FC with the help of dedicated coaches like Jesse Winship-Frey and club volunteers like Dan Barsher and Michael Donnegan.

This year the Club honored the M93 Green team as they graduate from High School and club soccer. In particular Ben Feldman was given the Emerald City FC club MVP Award for 2011-2012. Ben has been with ECFC since U11 and as team captain he has been a leader on and off the field. Ben will be attending Cornell University in the Fall where he will also be playing soccer. Congratulations Ben and M93 Green. Coach David Smith coached the team from 2010 to 2012. Congratulations also goes out to David Smith.

The following players were honored as Pivotal Players for their teams
Emerald City FC M 93 White Tuugii Bayarsaikhan
Emerald City FC M 94 Green Daniel Lorse
Emerald City FC M 95 Green Hunter Hanay
Emerald City FC M 95 White Elliott Zuhl
Emerald City FC M 95 White Nick Matz
Emerald City FC M 97 Green Raul Rivera
Emerald City FC M’97 White Bashir Robales
Emerald City FC M’99 Green Bishop Washington
Emerald City FC M 00 Emanuel Wodajo
Emerald City FC F 95 Green Mary Alverson
Emerald City FC F 95 Green Kiki Benirschke
Emerald City FC F 96 Green Clare Fuget
Emerald City FC F 96 White Sophia Hopewell
Emerald City FC F 98 Green Davis Pessner
Emerald City FC F 99 Green Danielle Bauder
Emerald City FC F 99 Green Greta Geivett
Emerald City FC F 99 White Andrea Coit
Emerald City FC F 00 Green Gogi Kanchanokrat
Additional Awards were given for Manager of the Year. Congratulations to the following ECFC managers
Emerald City FC Manager of the Year 2011-2012 Denise Hamel
Emerald City FC Manager of the Year 2011-2012 Carla Panescu-Reich

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ECFC M99 Green to visit Spain this summer, a trip every young soccer player dreams of!

This summer, from June 29-July 7, the Emerald City FC M99 Green team coached by Matthew Olson and Alex Jessup will embark on a soccer adventure of a lifetime to Spain, home of the World Cup Champions! While in Spain, the team will play in the Copa Catalunya tournament which takes place near Barcelona and will feature clubs from all over the world representing more than 20 countries. Players will have the opportunity to interact with other players from all over the globe and play against teams of different styles of play and learn about different cultures as well. The team will also tour the Nou Camp stadium, home of FC Barcelona and Lionel Mess, as well as other famous sights in the Barcelona area. The tour is being organized through Premier International Tours. We’d love to give more ECFC teams this experience. More information about international soccer travel Info can be found on their website at

The M99 team is fundraising for their trip. If purchasing goods through the team receives a percentage. To support, please go through the team website and go to Spain Fundraising. Thank you, the M99 team.

Matthew Olson’s visit to the storied training grounds of Ajax and KNVB

(May 8, 2012) In early March, I had the exciting opportunity with a coaching tour group to spend a week observing soccer trainings and lectures from some of the most esteemed soccer clubs in Holland and Belgium: AJAX Amsterdam, the KNVB (Dutch Football Association), FC Brussels and FC Anderlecht. It was a great experience for the American coaching contingent to observe the renowned youth team trainings at AJAX.

Their training facilities were a myriad of activity as we observed teams from U10 to U19. It was clear why, for being a smaller club (compared to Barcelona and Manchester United) they have been able to produce such dynamic and wonderful players (the list is long) who have played major roles for AJAX and then with several clubs worldwide not to mention the Dutch national teams ….

To read the complete article click here

Friday, May 4, 2012

Emerald City FC Awards Night and Barbecue Potluck - Sunday May 6th

Come celebrate our players and managers at the Emerald City Awards Night! Also, bring along your favorite dinner items to the Barbecue Potluck. Coach Jesse will be grilling up a storm of BBQ delights! Meet the new WPSL team and purchase heavily discounted tickets for WPSL games only available to ECFC members!

When: Sunday May 6th, 5-6:30PM Barbecue Pot luck, 6:30-8PM Award Ceremony
Where: Youngstown Cultural Center, 4408 Delridge Way Southwest, Seattle, WA

Come show your club pride and support. Hope to see everyone there!

Click here for Google map of location.