The Western Washington Premier League (WWPL) is at or near mid-season in the First Division. Let’s take a look at the table as of May 30,2021 and preview the races to win the championship and avoid relegation.
Wenatchee All-Stars FC (5-1-0, 16 points, 1st Place)
Wenatchee are a new club in the WWPL but their roster features plenty of veteran Valley talent and it has shown in the club’s outstanding start. They’ve played 6 of their 14 matches and already have big away wins at Snohomish County (5-3) and Nido Seattle (3-1.) In their remaining 8 league matches the All-Stars will have 5 at home, including four straight in August to close out their season.
Nido Aguila Club America Seattle (4-1-2, 13 points, 2nd place)
The Eagles have been hit with a series of major injuries that have affected their season. Their 15-match unbeaten streak was snapped by Snohomish (1-0) and then Wenatchee came to Seattle and gave Nido their first-ever league losing streak (3-1.) Nido is halfway through their schedule, with 4 of their 7 remaining matches at home. They kick off June with a huge home contest against Snohomish County. They visit Wenatchee on August 1st.
Snohomish County (3-2-1, 11 points, 3rd place)
The defending (2019) WWPL Champion Steelheads are on an upward trend after six matches played. Home draws with Kirkland and Federal Way cost the Fish points in the table. Now they’ve won two straight outscoring their opponents 6-0 in the process. SnoCo FC have just 3 home matches left in their 8 remaining WWPL contests. They are at Nido on June 5th and will visit Wenatchee on August 28.
Harbor Force (3-0-3, 9 points, 4th place)
It’s been a streaky season for Harbor, who won their first 3 matches but now are on a 3-match losing skid. They still have plenty of matches against clubs currently ahead of them in the table. Harbor have not played Wenatchee or Snohomish yet. They dropped a 3-1 match at Nido in April. Five of their remaining 8 WWPL matches are against the current top 3.
Federal Way (2-3-2, 9 points, 5th place)
FWFC are middle of the pack after 7 matches played. They have wins over clubs beneath them in the table and are battling the rest of the bunch, including 3 draws along the way. 7 matches remain on their league schedule, 3 at home and 4 away, including playing Wenatchee twice. FWFC will visit Nido on June 26 and host Snohomish on September 11. They have a big match at home versus Harbor on August 14.
Lacey Pocket Gophers (2-3-3, 9 points, 6th place)
The Gophers are coming off of an important 4-1 win over Grays Harbor that gives them some relegation zone breathing room. Now they can look above them and seek higher ground. Lacey have already played 8 of their 14 league matches. The 6 left include just 2 at home and 4 away. They still have a match each left with Kirkland and Federal Way.
Kirkland Goats FC (1-4-3, 7 points, 7th place)
Kirkland’s form in improving. After a series of draws the Goats broke through for their first win in a 1-0 decision over Harbor on May 22. The annual contenders can still make an impact on the season even though they have just 6 matches left to play (4 at home, 2 away.) The Goats will look to home matches against Federal Way (June 12) and Lacey (June 26) to boost their position.
Grays Harbor Gulls FC (0-0-6, 0 points, 8th place)
The Gulls are in the relegation spot and they need the wins to start coming to climb back to safety. They’ve got 8 matches left (4 home, 4 away) to rescue themselves from dropping into the WWPL Second Division for 2022. It may all come down to August for the Gulls. They host Kirkland on August 8 and then travel to face the Goats on August 28.