Author: Dorian Lair

Champions

Steelheads shoot for second as Wenatchee completes unbeaten season

WENATCHEE, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads will set their aim for second place in the Western Washington Premier League (WWPL) after the Fish dropped a 3-0 match to Wenatchee All-Stars FC on August 28 at the Apple Bowl. Wenatchee also won on August 29 by a score of 1-0 over Nido Aguila Club America Seattle. This completed an unbeaten league season for the champions with 13 wins and a single draw. The previous two WWPL champions also went unbeaten. In 2018 Kirkland FC won it with 12 wins and a draw. In 2019 SnoCo FC took the trophy with 7

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Information

Steelheads partnership with Snohomish Sports Dome includes WISL Women and Men

SNOHOMISH, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads have expanded their partnership with the Snohomish Sports Dome to include both women’s and men’s teams in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL). The new women’s team will also claim the nickname “Steelheads,” and will be the continuation of the former “Lady Skyhawks” who played in the WISL in 2020. WISL Steelheads Women “The Snohomish Sports Dome (SSD) is honored to be the home base for the WISL Men’s and Women’s Steelheads teams,” the venue said in a statement. “Having these semi-pro indoor teams based out of Snohomish gives the community a great chance

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Matches

Steelheads rock The Block then shutout Lacey

SNOHOMISH, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads beat the Lacey Pocket Gophers 2-0 on Sunday night August 22 at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium in a Western Washington Premier League soccer match. Earlier in the day the Fish spent time representing the club at the 2021 Snohomish Block Party. SnoCo FC got a goal in each half. Morgan West put the Fish up 1-0 in the first half. It was West’s fifth goal of the season. Tyler Sharp added a second in the second half. It was Sharp’s first goal for the Fish after dishing out two assists in earlier matches. Both

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Matches

New Fish shine with vets in latest draw with Kirkland

ISSAQUAH, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads and Kirkland FC Goats played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon August 14 at Beaver Lake Middle School in a WWPL match. It was the third straight draw between the clubs dating back to 2019 (1-1, 2-2, 2-2.) The sides also drew 2-2 in April in Smokey Point. Carlos Rodriguez put the Steelheads up 1-0 early on. He struck in the 9th minute with a volley from around 18 yards out. The play built up down the sideline. Andrew Escalante received the ball and delivered it to Rodriguez for the assist. The first

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Steelheads

Steelheads in City of Snohomish for August 22 clash versus Lacey FC

SNOHOMISH, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads will play their first-ever match at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium on Sunday August 22 when they battle against the Lacey Pocket Gophers at 6 PM. Tickets are now available online for the Western Washington Premier League men’s soccer match. The Fish will wrap up a weekend of excitement in the City of Snohomish where the 2021 Block Party starts Friday August 20. The Steelheads are currently in a race to catch Wenatchee FC at the top of the WWPL table. “We are really hyped to play in the City of Snohomish,” says SnoCo FC

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Steelheads

Steelheads Men’s WISL Indoor Open Tryouts September 18-19, Register Online In Advance

SNOHOMISH, WA— The Snohomish County FC Steelheads have opened registration for the club’s 2021-22 Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) OPEN TRYOUTS. The tryouts are scheduled for Saturday night September 18 from 5-7 PM and Sunday morning September 19 from 10 AM to Noon at the Snohomish Sports Dome – 511 Maple Ave, Snohomish, WA 98290. Trialists should wear ALL BLACK. Please arrive 30 minutes early to verify your registration and check in. Go HERE to register now. Limited to the first 30 players to sign up. Questions? Reach out to SnoCo FC GM Dorian Lair. • Location: Snohomish Soccer Dome•

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Gear

McLloyd Sport, Lair Athletic use GPS to track Steelheads on the pitch

SMOKEY POINT, WA—McLloyd Sport and Lair Athletic Co. are teaming up to give the Snohomish County FC Steelheads some new, revealing numbers to look at. The Fish wore equipment for the first time in a recent match that uses GPS to monitor movement, speed and more. “My company Lair Athletic Co. is the purchaser of the gear,” says SnoCo FC General Manager Dorian Lair. “Now we are excited to be using it with the Steelheads.” The system monitors speed and accelerations using a vest that fits over the chest. The chart below shows some of the second half numbers for

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Steelheads

Dagi Kesim Named Head Coach Of Everett High School Girls Soccer

EVERETT, WA—Snohomish County FC Technical Director of Soccer and Men’s Outdoor Head Coach Dagi (Daghan) Kesim has been hired to coach the Everett High School Seagulls Girls Soccer Program. “I am excited to be a part of a school with such an amazing history. A school of champions,” says Kesim. Everett High competes in the Wesco 3A. The school has a new athletics website at EverettSeagulls.com. The Soccer Seagulls have their own Facebook and Instagram pages. The Seagulls held a summer training program which ended on August 1st. Team tryouts are next on August 23 before the playing season begins

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Steelheads

Steelheads Roll Over Shorthanded Gulls, Hat Trick For West

SMOKEY POINT, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads had their way with the Grays Harbor Gulls on Sunday August 1 at Dick Cardinal Stadium. The Fish posted a 7-0 victory backed by a hat trick performance from Morgan West. The three standings points moved second place SnoCo FC to within 5 points of leaders Wenatchee FC. Both sides have 5 matches remaining in their 2021 Western Washington Premier League seasons. Grays Harbor fielded 10 players for the match. That number was later reduced to 9 with an injury. The Steelheads took a 3-0 lead in the first half. Parker Van Driel

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Outreach

Steelheads Ponder Local, National Soccer League Scenes For 2022

SMOKEY POINT, WA—The elite adult soccer scene in the United States offers something for everyone and every club. But it does not offer consistent structure like many other countries have. This is true in both the State of Washington and especially nationally. There are many leagues but a lack of a promotion and relegation structure means networking and buying your way in take precedence over earning it on the pitch and playing your way up. Take A Breath, Look Ahead Snohomish County Football Club annually takes stock of where we are and where we want to eventually be. Part of

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Featured

SnoCo FC Featured In North County Outlook

SMOKEY POINT, WA— Snohomish County Football Club is featured in a July 14, 2021 article in the North County Outlook newspaper with coverage from writer Nathan Whalen. SnoCo FC appreciates the press we have received over the years. We love being part of our larger county community and sharing our story. You can see previous club press coverage here. Read the latest North County Outlook story here.

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Players

College players boost Steelheads, now vets will be called on to finish strong

SMOKEY POINT, WA— The Snohomish County FC Steelheads are defending Western Washington Premier League (WWPL) Champions. A handful of college players have supplied a boost to the hopes of repeating in 2021. As they return to school the Fish will call on veteran players to chase down table-toppers Wenatchee All-Stars FC. 4 Straight Wins The arrival of guys home from college coincided with the Steelheads 2021 league season getting on track. Since then the Fish have outscored their opponents 10-1 and reeled off 4 straight league wins. The increased depth and infusion of young talent helped put a 5-3 loss

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Outreach

What Does It Mean To Be A Steelhead? (Videos)

SMOKEY POINT, WA–-What does it mean to be a Steelhead? That is the question club co-founder Andrew Escalante recently asked some of the guys before a training session. The replies were turned into a polished video by the club. See the clip below. That’s how we originally wanted the segment to be seen. But there was a bit more going on behind the scenes, so we thought we would also share the unedited video clips just the way Andrew submitted them. Check that out below.

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Players

Harbor’s Jaisen Zurfluh faces surgery after injury against Steelheads

SMOKEY POINT, WA—Harbor Force player Jaisen Zurfluh (PLU, 2020) will have surgery on his right knee after a collision with Snohomish County goalkeeper Dorian Lair on a penalty kick sequence late in Sunday’s WWPL match at Dick Cardinal Stadium. In the 88th minute of play with the Steelheads leading 1-0, Zurfluh stood at the penalty kick spot in an effort to draw the match level for the visiting Harbor Force. His try was blocked by Lair. The ball bounced free and Jaisen pounced to try to knock in the rebound. The resulting collision left Lair with a knock near his

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Matches

Late Lair PK save preserves 1-0 win for Steelheads over Harbor Force

SMOKEY POINT, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads have climbed back into second place in the Western Washington Premier League First Division table after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Gig Harbor side Harbor Force on Sunday June 20 at Dick Cardinal Stadium. A noisy, supportive crowd backed the Fish as they tried to solve the Harbor defense in the first half. Chances were few and the match was 0-0 at the break. There were defensive moments for both sides but the goalkeepers were not pressed into making saves. MATCH GALLERY: See all the photos on our official Facebook page Jacen Stein

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Gear

Partners help Steelheads look even sharper in training with new gear

SMOKEY POINT, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads have always taken training seriously. Technical Director of Soccer and Head Coach Dagi Kesim demands it. In recent weeks the club has reinforced its professional attitude at practice with new specific training gear presented by Lair Athletic Co. and Eskee Interior Auto Detailing. New SnoCo FC General Manager Dorian Lair has instituted a dress code for training in one of his efforts to upgrade the experience of playing for the club. All players must wear the supplied new gear, or all black, as they join practice to prepare for that week’s match. Lair

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Players

SnoCo FC GM Dorian Lair kicks back with Off The Leash podcast

SHORELINE, WA—Long time friends get together on the latest Off The Leash podcast as Snohomish County Football Club General Manager Dorian Lair hangs out with Jeremy Waller. The two even hit the pitch at Shoreline Stadium as a part of their reunion. Just a few weeks back Lair was named the new GM at SnoCo FC. This podcast takes us back to his days as a kid growing up in Shoreline, building up to the guy his is today. Kick back and enjoy a look into the mind of the guy playing in the present while working on the future

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Gala FC Pro Focus

Gala FC goal is winning now while raising future Steelheads

MILL CREEK, WA—Gala Football Club of Mill Creek are winners in the youth game in tournaments and the Puget Sound Premier League. The club was founded by Daghan Kesim back in 2013 and prides itself on providing opportunities for players that might not get them elsewhere. The debut of the Gala FC Men in the Western Washington Premier League Second Division (WWPL 2) in 2021 is an outgrowth of Kesim’s role as Technical Director of Soccer and Head Coach of the Snohomish County FC Steelheads of the WWPL First Division. The two clubs have helped each other from the very

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Players

Ivy Leaguer Kojo Dadzie breaks out with SnoCo FC

SMOKEY POINT, WA— Kojo Dadzie has made an instant impact in the Western Washington Premier League. The Crossfire Premier / Redmond High School / Brown University player has 6 goals and 3 assists in just 4 matches and is leading the resurgence of Snohomish County FC. (This article was originally posted at WWPLsoccer.com) Kojo is a natural midfielder but he’s turning heads as a striker for Snohomish. He’s scored with his head, his feet and using his blazing speed and ball control. He’s converting his shots at an astounding rate. Kojo debuted with a goal against Wenatchee on May 9.

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Matches

Steelheads jump into second with win at Nido Seattle

SEATTLE, WA— The Snohomish County FC Steelheads jumped into second place in the Western Washington Premier League table with a 3-1 away victory over Nido Aguila Club America Seattle on Saturday June 5 at Nathan Hale High School. Kojo Dadzie scored two more goals to raise his total to six in just four matches. The Eagles pressured the Fish for much of the match but it was SnoCo FC who had the final answers in front of goal. Kojo Dadzie gave the Steelheads a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute with a perfectly placed header. The set-up was another long

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