MILL CREEK, WA—The Gala FC Academy U20 Men have won the Puget Sound Premier League (PSPL) Winter League after winning 7 of 8 matches. Steelheads Director of Soccer and Head Coach Dagi Kesim coached Gala to this latest achievement. Gala outscored their opponents 36-13 in the title run.
Next: WWPL 2
The Official Second Team of Snohomish County FC, Gala FC Pro Focus Academy will draw on players from the winning U20 roster to compete in the new Western Washington Premier League (WWPL) Second Division in 2021. The side will also mix in players from tryouts and occasionally a Steelhead guest appearance or two.
The 2021 Gala FC WWPL 2 season schedule is posted on the Steelheads schedule page here. Gala will debut in the WWPL 2 on April 24 with a tough match at Seattle Umoja FC.
Official Second Team of the Steelheads
Gala FC Founder and Technical Director Daghan “Dagi” Kesim says the new team is an effort to complete a bridge between the Steelheads and Gala FC. “We want our Gala players to have the opportunity to play together longer with Gala’s legendary former players at a high level. We want to provide the chance for some to be seen by college coaches, and for some to keep in shape for college and further play.”
Snohomish County FC General Manager David Falk is thrilled with the addition of a second team. “Gala FC has been helping the Steelheads since day one of our club’s formation. They have shared equipment, other resources and most importantly people. Coaches, players and fans have all come their way from Gala to SnoCo FC. So we share in the excitement of this upcoming moment for them and their program.”
From Turkey to Snohomish County
Gala FC was founded by Kesim and a group of local soccer families back in 2013. Since then the Mill Creek club has continually performed above outsider expectations. “Gala FC has risen up from around the shadows of big Washington clubs and has had an amazing success focusing on all kinds of players…low income kids to paying families. We’ve assisted in many college scholarships through soccer, sending players to semi pro and pro,” Kesim says. The club’s name (pronounced “Gall-uh”) is a shortened honor for Turkish club Galatasaray. Kesim was once a high level prospect in that club’s system.