The Washington Timbers were recently granted membership into the Northwest Premier League (NWPL), an elite Washington league designed as an opportunity for top women’s players to compete at an elite level during the summer.
The addition of the Washington Timbers and NCW Alliance (Wenatchee) brings 9 clubs to the NWPL in its second year. Other sides include Fuerza FC (Marysville), Olympic Force (Bremerton), Seattle Stars FC (Seattle), South Sound Shock (Tacoma), Spokane Shadow (Spokane), Twin City Union (Chehalis/Centralia), and Yakima United FC (Yakima).
The Washington Timber’s NWPL side will feature a mix of current and recent collegiate players and will also provide an opportunity for the club’s elite college prospects to play in a competitive environment to enhance their development prior to high school graduation. This team is an important piece of the college prep program.
Current University of Portland Pilot player and Washington Timbers Alumni Ellie Boon had this to say about the new team, “With Women’s Collegiate soccer becoming more and more competitive, it is critical that players take advantage of every opportunity to continue their development, especially throughout the off season. I am excited for the impact this new Timbers NWPL team will not only have on individual players, but also the programs that they play for.”
The addition of the team comes at a time when women’s soccer in our community seems to be booming. Just this year both Columbia River (2A) and Camas (4a) high schools won state championships and Clark College won the NWAC southern division championship. “Over the past 3 years the Washington Timbers girls program has grown leaps and bounds. In 2015 over 20 Washington Timbers made the Thorns ODP State Pool teams, numerous teams have witnessed success in various state cup competitions, and the 02G Reds 1 attended the prestigious Surf Cup this year. The Washington Timbers have an excellent coaching staff with a Portland Thorns Assistant Coach on staff, a former Thorns player, five coaches involved in the Thorns ODP program, coaches working with the Thorns Academy teams, and college coaches on staff. Getting the NWPL team is another positive step for our girls program.” – Washington Timbers Director Jeff Castagnola.
“This will be another tremendous summer at Harmony Sports Complex. The addition of a first team for our women’s side will only add to the excitement.” said Washington Timbers Executive Director Sean Janson.
Further information on the formation of the Timbers NWPL team such as coaching staff and tryouts will be announced at a later date.