Kamiak, Mariner alums to play at Goddard Stadium | Soccer

Snohomish County FC hosts I-5 Challenge Match on Sunday
By David Pan | Jun 06, 2018
Courtesy of: Snohomish County FC Snohomish County FC assistant coach Michael Baxter, Kamiak graduate Kevin Baron, head coach Daghan Kesmim and assistant coach Felipe Aguilera pose for a photo after Baron receives a club scarf after being named Player of the Game after the Steelheads’ 2-0 win over Everett Community College.

Three Kamiak and Mariner High School graduates will be playing in front of a hometown crowd on Sunday, June 10.

Kevin Baron of Kamiak, Carlos Rodriguez and Vlad Kutsyy of Mariner and the rest of their teammates on the Snohomish County FC Steelheads are scheduled to take on the Tacoma Narrows FC in the inaugural I-5 Challenge Match friendly at 1 p.m. at Goddard Stadium.

The Steelheads, an elite adult men’s soccer team, are wrapping up their second season and have a 5-2-2 record. The team’s roster includes many players with connections to Snohomish County.

Other local players include Momodou Drammeh (Lynnwood), Ahmed Ahmed (Edmonds-Woodway), Devin Shull (Shorecrest), Fabian Panduro (Marysville-Pilchuck), Jesus Alvarado (Lake Stevens) Steven Mosley (Granite Falls), Hector Palomera (Bothell), Chris Mitalas (Mountlake Terrace) and Andrew Escalante (Lakewood).

“It’s a county wide team,” Snohomish County FC general manager David Falk said. “It’s the only place in the county to play after high school and college.”

The team was formed last year in response to what Falk describes as a burst of interest in adult men’s soccer.

The team’s players come from a wide range of backgrounds.

“We have players from all different ranges,” Falk said. “Some have played college, some high school.”

Many of the players have moved on from community college teams. The Steelheads defeated Everett Community College 2-0 in a match on May 12. Snohomish County FC started its season in early April. The team plays games in the greater Seattle area and across the state.

Players maintain their amateur status and the team operates as a non-profit organization.

Falk said that the Steelheads fill a need in the county.

“We’re providing a chance for all these guys from the different high schools to still continuing playing as adults,” he said.

Tickets for Sunday’s contest are $5.

For more information about the Snohomish County FC Steelheads see: https://snocofc.wordpress.com/

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