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2015-2016 Club News

Emerald City FC player, Saku Carter, to play for Sounders Academy

March 2015


"Emerald City FC is delighted to send another of our players to the Seattle Sounders Academy. Not only is this a wonderful testament for a youth soccer club but also, it is an incredible achievement for one of our players. The entire Emerald City F.C. family wishes Saku every success as he takes this next step in his soccer career. - Bobby Howe."

Saku 1

Thanks to ECFC’s US Club affiliation and its inclusion in the Puget Sound Premier League, Saku joined the Puget Sound Premier League’s M99 Academy team for 2013-14 and 2014-15 as a center defender. This opportunity led to playing time in regional, national and international tournaments, in California, North Carolina, and British Columbia. He was added to the Washington state’s ODP/EDP team roster in September 2014, and this team was a finalist in the US Soccer West Coast regionals in Phoenix this past January.

In Barcelona, Saku second from the left.
In Barcelona, Saku second from the left.
Saku has been a proud member of ECFC since he was 9 years old, playing for Coaches Bakken and Hamel.  He has truly benefited from ECFC’s excellent player development model and its superb coaching.  In May 2011, his second U11 team, led by Coaches Olson and Jessup, captured the WA Cup, and a year later, this team met Saku in Barcelona for a once-in-lifetime international tournament.

After his family’s 2 ½ year sojourn in Europe (during which he learned how the French play le foot), Saku returned to ECFC in Dec. 2013, joining Coach Howe’s U14 team which played in a number of tournaments and showcases along the west coast, in San Diego and Beaverton.

Saku aged 9
Saku aged 9
At the Beaverton Showcase 2015
At the Beaverton Showcase 2015

Saku is thrilled to have been accepted by the Seattle Sounders Academy team as a defensive player for the remainder of this season and next season, and appreciates the role that Emerald City and its coaches have played in bringing him to his current level of development as a soccer player. He and his entire family is also grateful for the ways in which Emerald City has enhanced them socially, through the camaraderie fostered by the club-- between the players, the club members and its board, the coaching staff, and the family supporters. While Saku’s affiliation with the club is shifting and his family will miss the day-to-day interactions and shared meals and tournament trips with their ECFC soccer family, their support for ECFC’s philosophy is undiminished. Not only this, Saku’s ECFC teammates are among his closest friends, his dad Allen Carter will continue as a member of the ECFC board, and his mother and brother plan to attend future ECFC matches to lend their support. GO ECFC!

Congratulations to our Fall and Spring League Champions and Finalists

F01 Green spring 2015
M00 Green spring
M01 Green spring
M03 green spring 2015

Congratulations to the following Emerald City FC teams for placing first or second in the 2015 PSPL Spring League

GU13 Classic 1 - Champions - ECFC F01 Green coached by David Smith

BU11 Superleague 2 - Finalists - ECFC M03 Green coached by John Hamel

BU12 Classic 1 - Finalists - ECFC M02 Green coached by Todd Schilperoort

BU13 Classic 1 - Champions - ECFC M01 Green coached by John Hamel

BU14 Classic 3 - Champions - ECFC M00 Green coached by Alex Jessup


Congratulations to the following Emerald City FC teams for placing first or second in the 2014 PSPL Fall League

GU11 Copa - Champions - ECFC F03 Green coached by Todd Schilperoort

GU13 Classic 2 - Champions - ECFC F01 coached by David Smith

BU8 Division 2 - Champions - ECFC M06 Green coached by CJ Hamel

BU9 Division 2 - Champions - ECFC M05 Green coached by Angel Planells

BU11 Classic 2 - Finalists - ECFC M01 White coached by Scott Smith

BU12 Copa - Finalists - ECFC M02 White coached by Jon Bakken

BU14 Copa - Champions - ECFC M00 Green coached by Alex Jessup

BU15 Classic 1 - Finalists - ECFC M99 Green coached by Bobby Howe

BU15 Copa - Finalists - ECFC M99 White coached by Todd Schilperoort

BU17 Premier - Champions - ECFC M97 Green coached by David Smith


Congratulations to Emerald City FC M99 Green and Emerald City FC M98 White!

2015 Washington Cup

M98 Green 2015 WA Cup Gold Finalists
M98 Green 2015 WA Cup Gold Finalists

M99 Green, coached by Bobby Howe, were the 2015 Washington Cup BU15 Gold Finalists and M98 White, coached by CJ Hamel, were semi-finalists in the BU16 Silver division.

FC Portland Winter College Showcase, a success for ECFC M98 Green and M97 Green

(January 21st, 2015)  While most people were gearing up to watch the now fabled ‘Seahawks vs Green Bay’ match up this weekend, there were others who were embarking on a journey of their own no less important in their quest for glory. Emerald City M98 Green along with M97 Green travelled from sunny Washington to a rather wet Portland, OR, for the annual FC Portland Winter Showcase. This presented the U16’s and the U17’s with an opportunity to impress 100+ College coaches and participate in a field of over 200 teams at the upper age groups. Representatives from Washington, Alaska, Idaho, BC, and Oregon’s strongest clubs participated making this an extremely competitive format.

The U16’s showed some excellent composure and touches on the ball and opened up their campaign with a 1-0 victory over the #9 ranked team in OR. They followed this victory with 3 more wins, including a 3-0 victory over the #8 ranked team in Oregon. All in all the M98 Green team finished with a 100% record of 4 games, 4 wins, 9 goals scored and only 2 goals conceded. This earned them the honor of finishing joint top of a field of 22 teams.

Coach Bobby Howe was delighted with his team’s performances:

“The standard of competition at the tournament was excellent.  It was both competitive and challenging.  Our players had to perform consistently well in order to win their games. The timing of the tournament was ideal: it provided the type of competition we shall expect in the Washington Cup in the next few weeks.”

The U16’s were joined by their U17 counter parts at the tournament and were looking to build upon their recent WSPL Championship Success. The U17’s opened their weekend late on Friday after a long drive down from WA with a comfortable 3-0 victory against the #8 ranked team in Oregon. They followed this victory with 2 more wins, taking care of the #9 & #5 ranked teams in Oregon respectively. They rounded off their excellent weekend with a 2-0 victory on their final day leaving them with a 100% record, 4 games, 4 wins, 8 goals scored and 0 goals conceded and joint top of a field of 33 teams.

2015 Portland

Coach David Smith was very pleased with his team’s performances over the course of the weekend:

"The team played some excellent soccer over the course of the weekend against some very competitive opponents. The weather was fairly adverse at times, which made life interesting! But it was great to see the entire squad pull together and come out with 4 good performances without conceding a single goal. The objective of the weekend was to have players observed and evaluated by the attending college coaches, and based off the activity and communications since, it’s been a great success.”

This is the first time in recent history that 2 teams have performed to such levels and is testament to the players, coaches, and support staff / parents for all of their hard work and dedication. Emerald City would like to extend its warmest congratulations to these two teams and its members, as they fly the flag for the club beyond our shores!

Congratulations to the ECFC players selected for the 2015-2016 PSPL Academy teams

(January 17, 2015) 11 Emerald City FC players have been selected for the PSPL Surf Academy teams. The all-state academy teams will represent Washington at elite tournaments throughout the West Coast including the Showcase of Champions (WA), Whitecaps FC Invitational (BC), Avalanche Invitational (UT), Blues Cup (CA), NORCAL NPL Fall Showcase (CA), Carlsbad Cup (CA), and Surf Cup (CA).


Jacob Zikan (M99 White)

Brian Doherty (M99 Green)

Sakari Carter (M99 Green)
Ryan Farley (M98 Green)
Avery Jacobson (M99 Green)
Liam Walsh (M99 Green)
Jordan Watson (M99 Green)
Alex Whalen (M98 Green)
Owen Whalen (M98 Green)

Sophia Hopewell (F96 Green)
Melissa London (F96 Green)