PORT ORCHARD, WA—Port Orchard Football Club is becoming a place for talented soccer players in the greater Kitsap area. The latest guy to be added to the Official Roster at POFC is Bremerton striker Nick Riders.
Nick seized the opportunity to play high-level ball when he impressed at open tryouts and countinued his work ethic right into training. As you will hear in the video below, the 29 year old is looking forward to pushing himself with the new team.
Nick was a star in soccer at Bremerton High School, leading the league in goal scoring multiple times and helping the Knights earn a MVP award as well. Then it was on for a year playing at Olympic College.
Since then Riders has stayed fit as an outdoorsman and with indoor soccer. He likes a fearless style of play and craves contact with the ball and throwing his body into the mix. And scoring goals. Lots of goals.
Coach Leonard Relates To Nick’s Experience
“Nick and I are around the same age,” says Port Orchard FC Head Coach Patrick Leonard, “and even played together growing up, so when I came in and started with POFC Nick was one of the first players I spoke to about this. I knew of Nick’s previous successes as a player but more importantly I knew he was still able to play at that high level.”
Leonard will look to Riders as he works with younger players. “I also think it’s really important to have players in this squad with more experience, and I think Nick is a guy that will blend perfectly with these young players around him. His ability to finish, and his movement in the attack are clear strengths that we as a coaching staff see elevating our play.”
Official Roster Continues To Grow
Nick joins Sam Gomez (Bremerton), Kolby Juarez (Silverdale), Bryan Weathington (Port Orchard) and Aidan Harvey (Bremerton) on the Official Roster for the 2023 debut season of Port Orchard Football Club.
POFC will continue to announce players as the season approaches. The first-ever match comes on Sunday April 30 with a 3 PM Friendly against Nido Aguila Club America Seattle at South Kitsap High School’s Ed Fisher Field.