As the club enters the 2018-2019 season, and the third year within the Regional Club League (RCL), we have highlighted all the latest news and changes to our club.
For the 2018 season, we would like to welcome two new members to our NWU Executive Committee, Celese Stevens and Kandice Voile.
NWU Executive Board:
On the field:
Director of Coaching, Kristian Powell will now be overseeing all the U11-U18 girls and boys teams. As our DOC, Kristian oversees all of the day to day operations of the club and is involved managing our teams and coaches. Kristian is also an important part of the administrative side of the club.
Assistant Director of Coaching: Matt Brewer. Matt will help Kristian facilitate the day to day operations as well as being the NWU Technical Director. Matt will now oversee our coach education and curriculum to help implement our style of play throughout the club.
Girls Director of Coaching, Joanna Michaelson will oversee the entire girls side of the club. Joanna will work closely with Kristian and Matt to ensure the girls teams are supported and maintain a quality style of play.
Boys Junior Academy Director, Marco Vega will continue his duties as the Academy Director and monitor our U9-U10 age groups. Marcos oversees the growth of our younger teams and has a number of administrative roles within the club.
Program Manager, Conner Moe. Connor will be joining our directors as our program manager. He will have oversight on our micro and college prep programs. Connor's experience at the college level will help our showcase teams with those desired college connections when graduating from NWU.
Seattle Sounders FC Official Partnership:
Northwest United is now an official partner with Seattle Sounders FC. This new partnership will take place over the next three years. As a partner club, we can now provide a direct pathway and opportunities for all our players from NWU to progress into the Sounders Discovery Program, Academy, and MLS team. In addition, we will receive several resources and opportunities from the Sounders FC to help grow our club on and off the field. This will include curriculum support, coach education, social media, business support, and talent identification days. It is a great sign of growth and support for NWU going forward, both on and off the field.
La Liga Tlaxti
Within the Skagit County, NWU has partnered with La Liga Tlaxti, a local community league in Mount Vernon. This partnership will allow La Liga players a pathway into the NWU club along with the Seattle Sounders FC opportunities. In turn, NWU will provide a professional level of coaching and administrative support to help develop and grow the La Liga Tlaxti club, coaches, and players.
Junior Sounders Program: Linked heavily to the Sounders FC, our Junior Sounders Program will benefit from a substantially lower tuition and team fees for all players U10 and below within the Northwest. This adjustment will allow more players to have access to our high-level training and league play. In addition, they will be wearing the Sounders FC green and white colors and have opportunities to be evaluated for the Sounders Discovery Program.
Showcase Program: Our Showcase Program is a new initiative by the club to provide higher level training and a pathway for players that desire more exposure with college coaches. We currently have 5 high school aged girl’s teams that will be playing in the Regional Club League or North Puget Sound Premier League. Along with our league play, players will also be selected to participate in the Showcase Program. The program benefits identified players with additional training and showcase tournaments.
Additional programs offered by NWU: A wide range of new programs include elite training, goalkeeper training, micro program, SAQ training, finishing camps, and summer camps.
Skagit Valley College:
NWU has formed a new partnership with Skagit Valley College to build a new turf facility. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of the Summer. Once completed, NWU will be able to train and play games there -- a fantastic move which allows NWU players to maximize play time on a high quality and consistent training surface.