Everett is getting its own semi-pro soccer team, the Everett Jets, beginning in the 2020 soccer year.
Marco Mummey and his brother Hawk have been considering starting a semi-pro team in Everett for a very long time. Now, as the US seems to be getting caught up in the same kind of passion for soccer as the rest of the world, it seemed like a good time to formally take steps to plant that seed.
“We want to bring that experience to Everett,” Mummy shares. The closest local teams are in Redmond, Bellingham and Seattle.
Marco is a life-long resident of Snohomish County, and grew up playing soccer from the tender age of four. His family owns the Snohomish Soccer Dome, and he’s a self-proclaimed soccer dome rat, always hanging around in his youth, when he wasn’t in school.
It’s been a long road so far, getting the team off the ground. They’ll be joining a local league shortly, after going through a lengthy application process which began with a request for application, submittal of gobs of paperwork from budgetary planning and marketing all the way up to the nuts and bolts of securing players. “It’s a vetting process, too, so it’s known that not just anyone can just decide to start a semi-pro team.”
The team is currently working on getting the final expansion for October. After getting inducted by November or so, the plan is to select a coach around the same time, followed by open trials in February.
“The Evergreen Premier League is a league for developing young players, 18-22 on average, and a little younger if they’re very gifted.” It’ll allow for players in college to get a chance for more play, rather than 22 games a year, as it’s traditionally structured in SnoCo. “Around the world it’s 40+ per season. How can you be as good as someone who gets to double what your play is?”
Besides that, per Mummey, in soccer, the road to pro isn’t as clearly defined as it would be for other team sports. Locally, there’s just not much opportunity to develop more players. “There’s only one academy in the state, for the Sounders, which only allows 25 people. That’s only 25 chances.” This new team will not only allow for more chances, but the young players can up the number of their games to be more competitive with global standards.
The community feedback has been positive, and the local leagues are excited enough that they’ve had more than one offer to join others, as well as individual players reaching out for feedback on when the try outs will become available.
Sponsors are hopping on board, which is always a promising indicator of enthusiasm, including PNW Physical Therapy (not just donations, but also to rehab players) Alaska Federal Credit Union, On the Volley Apparel, George Orthodontics and Fast Signs.
While not official, the plan is to play is Everett Memorial Stadium, so they’ll be as accessible as the AquaSox or the Tips.
Everett, prepare for the Jets! You can support the team by ordering merchandise or reserving tickets for the 2020 season. Start by checking them out of Facebook or their website, here.
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