PUYALLUP, WA—South Sound Football Club today reveals they will now be called Washington Premier FC as the Evergreen Premier League Men’s and Northwest Premier League Women’s sides fully align into the program of the long-running premier youth club.
The full official names of the teams will be Washington Premier FC U23 Men and Washington Premier FC U23 Women. The U23 designation points out the first team status in the WPFC system. This does not mean the club will put age restrictions on its rosters but rather clarifies that they believe their mission is to develop and specifically reach that age group and that point in the player’s development. Veteran players and role models will still be in the mix to balance out rosters.
WPFCU23 will look to offer WP alums with a place to play during the summer time as well as look to build teams that encompass talent from all reaches of the Pacific Northwest. They hope that youth players see this as the club’s premier Men’s offering and hope to one day play for the Men’s U23 team. This team will set the example of what the highest level looks like for the club and will utilize club playing philosophies.
Roy Lassiter to coach WPFC Men
Roy Lassiter will take on the head coach role with WPFCU23 Men and will work closely with former head coach Adam Becker to help proliferate the success the program has had in the past but will bring a wealth of coaching and professional playing knowledge to the team.
WPFC Director of Coaching Seth Spidahl welcomes the addition of Lassiter. “I am delighted to announce the hiring of Roy Lassiter as our new Washington Premier FC Men’s team coach. Roy brings a wealth of knowledge and resources through his playing, coaching, and educational background. His international, professional, and collegiate experiences will help move this program and club forward to a Top Tier level!”
“I am looking forward to being part of this new journey as Head Coach of the WPFC U23 Men,” Lassiter says. “It’s a great opportunity to work with players who are striving to get to their next level of soccer success. I am also delighted to work with Adam and respect all the work that he has done with this group and will open the door for him to assist in any manner. I want to thank John and Seth for allowing me this opportunity to lead the highest level group in the WPFC.”
Roy comes to WPFC as the Technical Director for the entire club and brings with him the highest level USSF licences a coach can have in multiple disciplines as well as a huge playing career tthat includes 32 United States Men’s National Team caps and 4 goals scored for the USA. He’s a 3-time MLS all-star and scoring leader for 8 years in row, currently holding the MLS goal scoring record with 27 in one year. The accomplishments as a player are too many to list here. Most recently Roy led the Kitsap Pumas to the 2017 NPSL NW Title.
Adam Becker to coach WPFC Women
Adam Becker’s role will shift. The former Head Coach of the South Sound Men will become the General Manager of the WPFCU23 Men’s and Women’s programs. He will bring his wealth of experience and knowledge of what it takes to play in leagues at this level and with these types of players to his leadership role over both the men’s and women’s teams. He will take on the head coach role of the Women’s program in the NWPL and assist on the men’s side.
Adam has a deep understanding of the player dynamics at this level and will look to help the WPFCU23 Women build a foundation and a successful program utilizing all of the great players from WPFC as well as from around the region.
“I am very exited for this new adventure and taking on the head coaching role for the WPU23 women’s team. It is a huge responsibility and honor to be given this opportunity. I couldn’t be more thrilled to also now have the opportunity to learn and grow as a young coach working with Roy. I’ve had the opportunity to coach against Roy when he was at Kitsap. His teams are always very focused and organized and I hope to bring that same level to the women’s side.”
John Crouch comment on the changes
John Crouch founded South Sound FC. Now he’s overseeing the transitions in Puyallup. “As the founder of South Sound FC it is bittersweet to make the announcement of the name change and to transition into the future with this club,” Crouch shares, “but I could not be more excited about the value Washington Premier will bring with our full integration into this great youth club. Having Roy and Adam working together is so exciting for all of us, he has so much to offer us and our players. The full integration into WPFC will allow me to focus on my role in the EPLWA more and also to help grow the WPFCU23 club within Washington Premier.”
Bloomstine added, Open Tryouts March 31
Current WPFC youth coach Jamie Bloomstine will take on the Administrative role for the adult teams, organizing player cards, travel, friendly and gameday scheduling. Stay tuned for the launch of WPFCU23 on the Washington Premier website, https://www.washingtonpremierfc.com/
Player trials for the WPFCU23 Men will happen on March 31st with the first games for the Men’s team kicking off at the USASA Regional Qualifier and Eddie Craig Memorial Tournament. WPFCU23 men will also participate in an interleague tournament between PDL, NPSL, EPLWA and WWPL the weekend of April 28th. NWPL kick arounds and trials will be announced shortly.