SALEM, Ore.— The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) today announces that the Capital FC Timbers have been accepted into the elite adult amateur women’s soccer league starting with the 2018 season.
Capital FC applied to join the NWPL in November of 2017. In December CFC was accepted into the league by a vote of member clubs. Last summer CFC was a member of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL.) Capital FC becomes the first Northwest Premier League club outside the state of Washington. Their nearest foe will be the Washington Timbers in Vancouver, Washington, 55 miles to the north.
Capital FC NWPL Women will be run by Whitney Pitalo, General Manager, and player. Pitalo is a Former D1 women’s soccer player for the University of Southern California and a CFC alum. She will graduate from the Willamette Atkinson Graduate School of Management with her MBA in May 2018.
The team’s head coach is Likius Hafeni from Corban University. He is assisted by Will Hander. The CFC Women’s Team is owned by Collin Box, CFC’s Executive Director.
“CFC is joining the NWPL to give local women, collegiate athletes, as well as youth players within the club the opportunity to play competitive soccer in a professional environment,” says General Manager Whitney Pitalo. In regards to leaving the WPSL for the NWPL, she says, “The CFC Women’s team is joining the NWPL because we believe the league is a better fit for our team competitively, financially, and locally.”
The addition of an Oregon club into the NWPL opens avenues for the league to network with other Oregon soccer institutions and associations. Those relationships will be sought out and fostered in the future.
All home matches will be played at Capital FC’s Training Complex, 5201 State St, Salem, OR 97317. “We are looking forward to playing high-level women’s soccer in the Northwest and advancing elite level women’s soccer in Salem,” Pitalo adds.
About the NWPL
The NWPL is an elite adult amateur women’s soccer competition that is affiliated with the Washington State Adult Soccer Association (WSASA), connecting the league to US Soccer and FIFA. Players in the NWPL maintain amateur status and college eligibility. The NWPL was founded in 2016 and will enter its third season of play in 2018. The league’s current clubs are: North Central Washington Alliance(Wenatchee), Olympic Force (Bremerton), Seattle Stars, Spokane Shadow, Twin City Union (Centralia / Chehalis), Washington Premier South Sound (Puyallup), Washington Timbers (Vancouver, Washington), Yakima United, Blackhills FC (Olympia) and Capital FC (Salem, Oregon.)