With spring just around the corner, the Snohomish County FC Steelheads are gearing up for their first season in the Western Washington Premier League.
Snohomish County FC will be holding their open tryouts for the 2019 season on Sunday, March 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m. The tryouts will be held at Dick Cardinal Stadium at Lakewood High School. Every player must be 18 years or older to compete and pay a $35 fee to tryout for the Steelheads. There is an option to register online at https://snocofc.wordpress.com/2019-open-tryouts/.
The Steelheads are led by Head Coach Daghan ‘Dagi’ Kesim. Kesim has been coaching for over 20 years at all levels including high school, college and semi-pro clubs, as well as being a former professional player in Europe. In addition to coaching the Steelheads, he is also the founder of Gala FC located in Marysville.
“I look for players that are hard workers and good examples on and off the field. Talent alone is not going to work on this team. Bad attitudes in a locker room only hurt a club in the long run and that isn’t going to happen as long as I am the coach,” said Coach Kesim.
In 2017 the Steelheads became the first and only Premier club in all of Snohomish County and used their placement to bring in talent from all of the local high schools, colleges and other competitive leagues. Over the past two years they have been competing in friendly matches against colleges and clubs that play in the Evergreen Premier League, as well as the WWPL.
“This is our chance for local players to come together and test themselves against top competition from all over western Washington. We’re hoping players come from all over and that they are in shape to play. The competition in this league will range from former pros to Division One players and coaches,” said Snohomish County FC General Manager David Falk.
Joining the WWPL changes this season entirely for the Steelheads as they will be guaranteed 10 matches in the regular season with five of them being at home at Dick Cardinal Stadium at Lakewood High School.
Snohomish County FC will look to compete against 10 of the best teams in western Washington starting on Saturday, April 27, when they face the Tacoma Narrows FC. The first home match of the pre-season will be on Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m. against the Tri-Cities Alliance.
“One of my biggest goals is to help our players improve and continue on to play at the next level. It would be great to see some of them go pro or go to bigger colleges. It’s not just about us winning, but helping them move forward in their careers,” said Kesim.
If you would like more information, it can be found at www.SnoCoFC.com. You can also look for any Steelhead news on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram under @snocofc.