SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA— Snohomish County Football Club (SnoCo FC) is being founded by county residents like Andrew Escalante. Andrew has volunteered to take on the role of Steelheads General Manager as the elite adult men’s soccer club builds to join the Evergreen Premier League in 2018.
If you watch or play soccer in Snohomish County chances are you’ve seen Escalante out on the pitch. “I played select soccer at Crossfire Premier, I played varsity high school soccer for Lakewood High School in Arlington,” Andrew details. In his adult life, it’s been “One year at Everett Community College and for the last six years I’ve been playing semi-professional indoor soccer out of the PASL and Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL).
Andrew has been part of founding a club before. He worked with the late Phil Bartlow to establish the Arlington Aviators indoor men’s team that competed in the PASL and WISL before Arlington’s Soccer First Indoor Sports shut down.
Escalante is a devoted soccer-loving local. “I’ve been in Snohomish County for over 18 years and the best part of living in this area is the amount of soccer I’ve been able to experience.” Andrew’s life includes a full-time job outside of soccer. “I’ve been in sales for the last three years at Verizon Wireless, currently working on getting promoted to the business side of Verizon.”
Escalante knows that you can’t grow soccer talent and culture at the adult level unless you have a team to point towards. “Having a club in this area would improve local soccer. I firmly believe that’s the reason why smaller high schools and community colleges in Snohomish County have struggled. I want to create a program that helps improve our local players during these offseasons.
What do the Steelheads want to eventually accomplish? Escalante says we can all look just a bit north for a prime example. It’s also a call to see if SnoCo can rally around the Steelheads. “If you look at Bellingham United and you see the support they have in their community, I think that’s going to be our biggest challenge, finding a way to generate that same consistent support. We want to build a club that’s going to be around for a while and be competitive in our league.”
The Steelheads are already working on friendlies for this spring and summer. “We need to build out coaching staff and our team for the friendlies that we are planning on doing this spring and summer,” Escalante says. It’s the next step for the club.
The Steelheads plan on submitting an application to the Evergreen Premier League for the 2018 season sometime in the fall of 2017.