PORT ORCHARD, WA—Port Orchard Football will kick off their debut season in the Cascadia Premier League (CPL) in the CPL2 Pacific Division facing teams from Aberdeen, Centralia, Olympia, Port Townsend and Tacoma.
The 2023 competition structure of the CPL was revealed to clubs in a meeting on February 5. As expected POFC will start in the second division and compete for a playoff spot to earn promotion. Port Orchard will play home and away matches with division foes Grays Harbor Gulls (Aberdeen), Twin City Union (Centralia), Thurston County FC (Olympia), Northern Peninsula FC (Port Townsend) and Steel United (Tacoma.)
Playoffs For Promotion
The road to promotion to the CPL First Division goes through a playoff weekend scheduled for July 26-28 in Puyallup. The top two teams from the CPL2 Pacific Division and the CPL2 Cascade Division will qualify for the weekend promotion battle. The first place team in the Pacific will play the second place team in the Cascade. The second place team in the Pacific will play the first place team in the Cascade. Those winners will advance to a CPL2 Final in which the triumphant side earns promotion for 2024.
Coach Leonard And GM Ironside Excited To See Details
POFC Head Coach Patrick Leonard is glad to see the details of the season start to come together. “There is something about seeing the teams we will be playing and the locations we will be traveling to that makes it all the more real,” Pat says. “I love that we have the chance to prove ourselves as a soccer community and work to try to earn a place in the promotion picture of the CPL.”
“Its definitely exciting and what we’ve been waiting for since day one,” says POFC General Manager Sam Ironside. “The inaugural year is always going to be an interesting one and we have a great chance to show we mean business out of the gates against a group of solid teams.”
Next: Open Tryouts, Season Schedule, Pre-Season
Up next for Port Orchard FC are open tryouts at the end of March. Meanwhile the club will work with their division foes to build out a 10-match schedule (home, away) in the CPL2 Pacific Division. Along the way POFC will look to play a pre-season friendly in late April in preparation for their debut in league play in early May.