MARYSVILLE, WA— Fuerza FC notified the Northwest Premier League (NWPL) recently that the club would not be fielding a women’s elite adult amateur team in the regional league in 2018. It came down to restructuring and money.
“Unfortunately, due to some restructuring of the club and some moving around of finances the board has decided not to continue with the women’s program,” VP of Operations Matthew Neel told goalWA.net. “We would like to thank the NWPL for the experiences and the high level of professionalism provided by the league.”
It’s a loss for the NWPL but also for women’s soccer in Snohomish County. The 2017 Fuerza FC Women finished 4th in the table and made the playoffs. The 2017 Fuerza roster listed 25 players, some of the best in the county.
Fuerza FC began life in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) back in 2015. They moved over to the NWPL when it was formed in 2016. “FUA” finished 3-7-2 in the NWPL in 2016. In 2017 the team went 5-5-0 and made the playoffs. In their only season in the WPSL they went 1-8-1.
Tony Carillo, who founded Fuerza FC, has moved due to a new job. FFC has youth teams and a popular futsal program.
The Northwest Premier League is actively seeking to grow in the region. The league does have interest from new clubs, though not yet from any near where Fuerza played. The loss of FFC leaves the NWPL with 8 member clubs: Spokane Shadow, Olympic Force (Bremerton), Seattle Stars, Twin City Union (Centralia), Washington Timbers (Vancouver), Washington Premier South Sound (Puyallup), Yakima United and NCW Alliance (Wenatchee.)