The new Western Washington Premier League Second Division (WWPL 2) is a mix of second teams and independent clubs. The second teams can win the division. The independent clubs are in a race to win the division and earn promotion to the WWPL First Division. One club will be relegated from the First Division. One will be promoted from the Second Division.
Here’s a look at the table as of May 31, 2021.
|NIDO SEATTLE 2||4||1||2||1||8||7||+1||5|
Seattle Umoja, Northern Peninsula (Port Townsend) and ISC Gunners (Issaquah) are all playing for promotion. The Gunners have work to do, as they have played half of their 10-match schedule and earned just 4 points, currently good enough for fifth in the table. Umoja and Peninsula are off to flying starts.
Seattle Umoja FC (3-1-0, 10 points, 1st place)
Seattle Umoja FC are in their first season in the WWPL. They feature plenty of veteran talent spurred on by years of competing as Team Kenya Seattle in various local leagues and competitions. Four matches in they are unbeaten and with a hefty +8 in the goal differential column. Umoja only have 2 home matches left to go while they will travel for 4. All eyes will be on the June 13 match as Umoja host Northern Peninsula. The last match of the WWPL 2 season will be played July 25 in Port Townsend as Umoja travel to Northern Peninsula.
Northern Peninsula FC (2-1-0, 7 points, 2nd place)
The new Port Townsend club are playing well and are just a very late penalty kick call in Issaquah from being 3-0-0. They still have 7 matches to play, including away (June 13) and home (July 25) versus leaders Seattle Umoja. They still also have an away / home set with Nido 2. The real test for the club begins as they face the top half of the table. So far NPFC have gained points against the bottom three. They’ve got 4 away contests left, 3 at home at beautiful, scenic (grass pitch) Jefferson County Memorial Field.
Nido Auguila Club America Seattle 2 (1-2-1, 5 points, 3rd place)
NAS 2 will factor in both the division race and the fight for promotion. Even though they are not in the promotion bracket as a second team, they can win the division. NAS 2 has yet to face Northern Peninsula. Most-recently they lost 4-2 at Seattle Umoja. The clubs drew 1-1 earlier. Half of their season is complete. The June 6 home match versus Northern Peninsula will go a long way to deciding if NAS 2 remain contenders.
Gala FC (1-1-3, 4 points, 4th place)
Mill Creek team Gala FC (Second team of Snohomish County FC) are keeping it close but finding results hard to come by. They are being outscored by a single goal per match on average, but have just a win and a draw to show for those efforts. The non-promoted side have 3 of 5 remaining matches at home. They have already played both matches against ISC Gunners and have yet to face Harbor 2.
ISC Gunners (1-1-3, 4 points, 5th place)
The Gunners are on the outside looking in at both the promotion and division races. 3 of their 5 remaining matches will be hosted by ISC. The road back begins June 5 with a visit by Seattle Umoja FC. The Gunners escaped with a 1-1 draw recently when an added time penalty rescued a home point versus NPFC.
Harbor 2 (0-0-1, 0 points, 6th place)
Parent club Harbor Force (Gig Harbor) had a strong turnout of players in 2021. This made it possible for a second team to be formed and quickly inserted into the WWPL. This new side have only played a single match. They are networking with the other WWPL 2 sides to schedule matches and complete their competition. A 4-0 loss in April at Seattle Umoja is all anyone knows about Harbor 2. Stay tuned to see when their remaining 9 matches will be played.