SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA—Aaron Burns has loved soccer and Snohomish County since he was a kid. Now he’s volunteered to step front and center in the efforts to establish Snohomish County Football Club and see them apply to join statewide elite adult men’s play in the Evergreen Premier League for 2018.
As President of Steelheads FC Aaron will take the initiative to organize players, supporters and sponsors while overseeing the launch of the club – which is already underway. Aaron has been in on the early developments at SnoCo FC, including the choosing of the name, colors, logo and booting up of the Steelheads Shop and online presence.
“Growing up in Snohomish County was definitely a big part of how I grew up,” Aaron says. “I’ve lived all over the state of Washington but Snohomish County has a vibe of its own. I truly believe the Snohomish area can be the “Capital for soccer in Washington,” and I am blessed to be a part of it.”
Burns’ soccer career has local roots. “I played high school ball at Snohomish High school, then played two years at Edmonds CC. I trained with the Evergreen State College with plans to attend school there but it ended up not working out.” Aaron was with the Arlington Aviators (Western Indoor Soccer League) while they played and more recently was still scoring goals indoors for the Snohomish Skyhawks.
“I am volunteering to lead SnoCo FC because I feel there is so much untapped soccer player potential in our county—we don’t have a 4-year school either. The closest ones are in Bellingham and Seattle. I want to show the rest of the state that we have enough players here to compete with everyone else. Also to give the players who can’t travel those long distances a chance to compete.”
The Steelheads have a look and some early goodwill, but Burns knows it takes much more than that. “I think the biggest challenges with starting a club or anything for that matter is the financial backing. Everything else seems to fall in place but you really need to know how to get out there and connect with the people. Not to say it can’t be done, but it’s something you really have to put a lot of effort into.”
Burns and the Steelheads have 15 months before the 2018 EPLWA season kicks off. “My goal for SnoCoFc is to first get into the EPLWA, but also build a strong club, and give the Snohomish County Community a team to be proud of and a way to bring everyone together in a world that is on the brink of dividing.”
The work of building Steelheads FC marches on. Sure it’s “upstream,” but a Steelhead wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The next step for me is to start building my player pool and working with local leagues to get our team competing,” Aaron says, “and then concentrate on building that cohesiveness that every successful team has. I truly believe we have everything it takes to build a great club right here in the Snohomish County.”