WENATCHEE — Now that Wenatchee United FC’s application to play in the Evergreen Premier League has been approved, the group of owners working to bring a new level of semi-pro soccer to the Wenatchee Valley can breathe. Just for a second, though, then it’s back to work.
Wenatchee United still needs sponsors, a place to play, a coaching staff and a roster, to name a few things.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” said Ivan Arroyo, one of the team’s owners, in a phone interview. “But getting approved is definitely one step closer.”
Arroyo and the other owners are working to file paper work and organize a campaign to elicit local sponsors to help support and brand the team.
“It can be expensive to do this thing ourselves, so we’re hoping to go out there and promote ourselves,” Arroyo said.
He added that finding sponsors is the expansion squad’s most pressing concern, although finding a home isn’t far behind.
Wenatchee United owners want to make the Apple Bowl the venue for home games, but haven’t contacted officials yet.
If the Apple Bowl isn’t an option, Arroyo said the team would also like to play at the Wenatchee Valley College soccer fields.
“That’s definitely our first choice, if possible,” Arroyo said of the Apple Bowl.
Although most of the team’s owners have coaching experience, they will likely seek an outside party to lead the team. Arroyo said they don’t have a list of candidates yet.
While there are still plenty of unknowns right now, Arroyo and his fellow owners are confident things will fall into place before tryouts, which take place in March 2014.
“We do have a lot of work in front of us, but its exciting,” Arroyo said. “It’s something we should’ve had a long time ago. The Wenatchee Valley is full of talented soccer players and I think it’s something to look forward to for high school players that graduate.”