The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Crossfire Redmond (Redmond, WA) has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will begin competition in the West Region’s Northwest Conference in 2019.
“The Pacific Northwest is an incredibly important market in American soccer,” NPSL Managing Director Cindy Spera said. “We are very excited to grow our Northwest Conference with an accomplished organization like Crossfire Redmond. They have an incredible history in player development and we are looking forward to what they will bring to the NPSL.”
Crossfire Redmond is led by Club Director Bernie James and Director of Player Development Troy Letherman.
James boasts a 24-year professional playing career that included time in the North American Soccer League (NASL), Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), American Professional Soccer League (APSL), and A-League. He has two caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team. James also served on the coaching staff of the Seattle Sounders as an assistant coach for seven seasons and interim head coach for one season.
“This will provide a professional development environment for our top Crossfire players who moved on to college,” Letherman said. “This will also raise the profile of our club and provide a complete pathway for our players.”
Crossfire Premier, which is directly affiliated with Crossfire Redmond, is also based in Redmond, Washington. Crossfire Premier is devoted to promoting the game of soccer, providing professional training and elite player development to assist players in advancing to the highest levels of play available in the United States. Along with a wide range of in-state leagues and tournaments, and various competitions outside Washington State, Crossfire is a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and the Elite Clubs National League, each representing the highest level of soccer for boys (DA) and girls (ECNL) in the United States.
The mission of Crossfire Premier is to promote the game of soccer by providing the highest possible level of technical and tactical training, skill development and competitive team play, and to provide highly skilled and capable players with an opportunity to further excel in the sport. Crossfire Premier has produced hundreds of players currently playing for NCAA Division I, II and III colleges, U.S. Soccer Youth National Team Programs, and on to professional careers in the U.S. and European leagues. There are truly no limits for players with Crossfire. From first-class on-field player development to college placement and other opportunities for success beyond youth soccer, Crossfire Premier remains the best pathway to individual and team success in the Pacific Northwest, and as the club’s reputation across the country suggests, one of the best in the entire United States.
Crossfire also operates one of the nation’s most extensive international programs. Every Crossfire boys team from U-10 through U-19 competes in Europe annually, playing the top clubs in the world. Just over the past year Crossfire teams have played against Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and more. Likewise, Crossfire girls teams compete internationally every other year.
Crossfire also operates a handful of official partnerships with international clubs, which are designed to provide a set professional playing pathway for players who want to move on to Europe. The club’s official partner is AS Roma in Italy’s Serie A, and the club also operates talent development programs with Stabaek Fotball (Norway), Club Brugge (Belgium), and SBV Excelsior Rotterdam (Netherlands).
Home matches will take place at Redmond High School Stadium in Redmond, WA.
“I’m very happy to have Crossfire Redmond join the Northwest Conference of the NPSL,” OSA Seattle FC President and Owner Giuseppe Pezzano added. “Crossfire is a very important club in our area and they will bring high-quality soccer to the league. I want to say thank you to Bernie James and Troy Letherman for their work in making this happen. I’m looking forward to the start of a long and fruitful partnership with Crossfire in the NPSL, and in other areas of soccer, which will make soccer opportunities available to players.”
“Crossfire Redmond has a strong and well-established youth club with international ties on which to build their NPSL brand,” NPSL Director of Membership Development Dina Case concluded. “The league expects Crossfire to be a very successful club from the start and their presence in the Northwest Conference will bring additional exposure and interest to the league in that region. This is a great example of how our strongest additions to the league are sourced from our own members. Our thanks to Giuseppe and OSA for attracting Crossfire to the NPSL and working with them throughout the expansion process.”
More information about expansion opportunities in the NPSL can be found at http://www.npsl.com/expansion-application.