Mt Rainier Futbol Club and Rainier Valley Slammers join forces

MT RAINIER FUTBOL CLUB & RAINIER VALLEY SLAMMERS ARE MERGING AND PLAN TO EXPAND INTO BLACK DIAMOND

NEW REGIONAL CLUB INTENDS TO PLAY IN THE WASHINGTON NPL AND PSPL LEAGUES

SEATTLE – May 7, 2018 - Mt Rainier Futbol Club and Rainier Valley Slammers are excited to announce they are joining forces to create a bigger and stronger regional soccer club that includes expanding into Black Diamond – an area projected to grow rapidly in the next decade. 

The club’s top teams will be called MRFC-Slammers – and play in the Washington NPL and Puget Sound Premier League – the fastest growing competitive soccer league in the Northwest.

The merger pushes the total number of players of the combined club to more than 3,000 – up from 1,500 players today. MRFC’s territory now stretches from Sumner in the southwest through  Auburn  to Black Diamond in the northeast and Enumclaw in the east. The club will draw players from other areas such as Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Lake Tapps, Sumner, Orting, Maple Valley, Auburn and Black Diamond. 

 

“The partnership will allow us to meet all-league team standards in every age group and will also serve to strengthen the quality of all our club teams,” said Scott Nall, president of MRFC.  “With our combined juniors, recreational, select and premier programs, our group should be a rather formidable soccer club for years to come.”

   

“We are very excited to join with Mt. Rainier FC and rejoin the PSPL and take this club to the next level,” said Mark Bickham, former Slammers Technical director who is now working as a technical director for the MRFC Slammers. “The atmosphere is electric, kids are running around everywhere with huge smiles on their faces. The two clubs coming together is having an incredible impact on the community.”

 

PSPL President Stanley Holmes welcomes the Rainier Valley Slammers back to the PSPL. “The Slammers were members of the PSPL and a driving force in the early days,” Holmes said. “We believe the merger between the Slammers and Mt Rainier will create an extremely competitive regional soccer power.”

MRFC Slammers’ decision to expand into Black Diamond is another positive move as the club positions itself to serve the expected population growth projected over the next 20 years, Holmes said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The combination of smart club management, quality training and extremely competitive pricing will offer the fast-growing Black Diamond community the best youth soccer experience in the region,” Holmes said. “This should let everyone know that MRFC Slammers intends to be a big player in the region.” 

One benefit of a bigger club: the ability to offer a quality soccer experience to all players regardless of athletic or financial ability. 

“Soccer should be inclusive not exclusive,” said Luke Howells, MRFC Slammers director of coaching. “We thrive on producing quality programs for all walks of life and believe in education before competition. We are excited to expand our geographical footprint and will continue to provide holistic coaching that develops more than just the soccer player.”                –

The culture of family-based values is a huge reason why Jesse Wheelock is the MRFC Slammers/Black Diamond technical director.

“I couldn’t be more excited about working with a group of people that share and model these holistic values for the benefit of the families and players in our community,” Wheelock said.  “The merger with the Slammers and our expansion into the Black Diamond-Ravensdale area strengthens our player base and allows for all players within our club to have a true player development pathway.”   

MRFC supports the community by developing youth soccer players while helping them achieve their potential, both on and off the field. The club focuses on players first, where each individual is encouraged to build strong fundamentals, confidence, and creativity that will carry them through the rest of their lives.

MRFC vision is to provide quality player development in an environment where youth, ages 5-18, have the opportunity to play soccer at all skill levels. MRFC-Slammers aims to provide these opportunities in a safe community and family-focused environment for both our players and coaches.

The Puget Sound Premier League, sanctioned by US Club Soccer, is the fastest growing league for competitive teams in Washington State. The PSPL was founded in 2007 with 12 teams and now has nearly 2,000 teams and more than 35,000 players, as of 2018. In its 10th year, the PSPL produces national champions, college standouts and runs the NPL franchise for Washington state – a national club competition sanctioned by US Club Soccer.

Club contacts:

· president@mtrainerfc.org

· luke@mtrainerfc.org

· Jesse@mtrainerfc.org

www.mtrainierfc.org

League contacts:

· president@pugetsoundpremierleague.com

· info@pugetsoundpremierleague.com

www.psplsoccer.com