NCW Alliance announce new Head Coach Alvaro Rodriguez

WENATCHEE, Wash.— North Central Washington Alliance Football Club announces that Alvaro Rodriguez has been named the new Head Coach of the Women’s soccer team competing in the Northwest Premier League (NWPL). Rodriguez replaces outgoing coach Jamie Richards who recently stepped down from the post.

NCW Alliance General Manager Javier Reyna says of the transition, “I would like to thank Jamie Richards for all his hard work and dedication these last two years and for helping us build a foundation for the club. I would Like to welcome Alvaro Rodriguez as the new head coach for the 2019 season. After meeting with the management team we decided that Rodriguez was the right fit for the club philosophy and to continue building what we have started. Alvaro currently holds a national coaching diploma with the United Soccer Coaches Associations and is well known in the community.”


Rodriguez is ready to take on the task of leading the Alliance in the competitive elite adult women’s league. “I’ve always been a person that loves challenges and I truly believe that I’m ready for my next challenge which will be to coach at a higher level of competition,” he says. “I still remember coaching in the adult league and I fell in love with the tactical part of the game, it’s like a game of chess, it’s all about strategy, trying to guess what your opponent’s next move will be and countering that with something better. I’ve coached the men’s league but have never coached women at this level and I can’t wait to start and teach my players a little bit of what I’ve learned throughout my playing days and coaching years.”

Rodriguez has a long history in greater Wenatchee area soccer. He’s been a coach in the Chelan / Douglas Hispanic League.  “I was eighteen in 1993 and coached for a club called Los Cerritos,” Rodriguez remembers.  “We ended up winning a couple of championships.” From there Rodriguez coached in the Wenatchee Valley Rec League, then with the (former) Wenatchee Fire.  “After my first year my friend (Frank Cuevas) decided to make another club (Wenatchee Valley United) because we wanted to coach our own A team and truly believed in retaining the same players for at least two seasons so they could bond. I coached the G99 Real FC up until 2014 when most of my girls started high school soccer and it’s very rewarding to see that at least 70% of the girls that I’ve coached played and are playing for school varsity.”

Rodriguez lends his love of soccer and his coaching experience to his own family. “I have two girls of my own and my youngest is 13 and I have been coaching her since she was four.  I’m currently assisting with the G05’s OPS team.  Through out the years I’ve been taking coaching licenses to better assist the girls that I’ve coached and am coaching, the highest license that I have is my national and will work on obtaining my advanced national in the near future.”

Rodriquez has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish with the Alliance. “Building a strong foundation for the years to come, just keeping the game as simple as possible,” he says.  He says he’s ready to get back to basics, “Simple things like teaching our players how to correctly make a pass or how to control a ball.  We are so focused on athleticism and aggressiveness that we forget that the most important thing is keeping the game simple: simple passes and good control of the ball.  Someone once said “playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.”

Alvaro is a proponent of all-around skills and a team mentality of all-around play. “Every player needs to be able to play every position on the field except goalkeeper,” he says.  “Your best defense is your best offense.  The only way you’re going to have a good team is by giving everyone a chance to play. Playing time makes players better, not sitting in the bench. Likewise, my defense is as important as my offense, it only takes one goal to win a game if the opponent doesn’t score on you.”

Women’s Open Gym 2019

Womens Open Gym

Players 16 years and up, Free play, Street Soccer, round-robin format, 5v5 or 6v6 depending on numbers.


Tuesday January 22, 8-10pm

Thursday January 24, 8-10pm

Tuesday January 29, 8-10pm

Thursday January 31, 8-10pm

Tuesday February 5, 8-10pm

Thursday February 7, 8-10pm

Tuesday February 12, 8-10pm

Tuesday February 18, 8-10pm

Thursday February 21, 8-10pm

Tuesday February 25, 8-10pm

Thursday February 28, 8-10pm

NCW Alliance Academy

NCW Alliance Academy is here!

We are pleased to announce NCW Alliance Academy. This program targets players ages 14-18, players will participate in training sessions ran by staff and senior team players. The Club will also schedule tournaments and scrimmages for players to participate in to evaluate their growth and development..

Players will get in free to all home NCW Alliance FC home matches and their families will also receive 2 tickets (per game) to all NCW Alliance FC home matches friendly or league play.

WA Rush Cup 2018


To provide next level training, education and exposure for players that demonstrate desire, commitment and ability to compete collegiately or beyond.


To create an environment where players who demonstrate the desire, commitment and ability to compete at the next level will be trained, educated and exposed to methodologies used by top collegiate programs. The goal being two-fold: to help players decide if playing at the next level is something they really want to pursue and enable those who do decide to pursue playing at the next level the best opportunity to achieve their dream.


  • Educate parents and players regarding NCAA eligibility requirements and the recruiting process.
  • Help players and parents determine and select the right fit for next level pursuits.
  • Expose players to training methodologies and demands of next level programs.
  • Facilitate player exposure to next level programs through id camps, showcase events, and guest play opportunities.
  • Actively promote players through the network of college contacts developed by the Club Technical Director.
  • Assist in placing as many players as possible into next level programs.
  • Utilizing next level players to help educate and inspire aspiring players.
  • Creating college level experiences for high school players to help educate them and their parents early with regard to next level commitment levels and demands.


  • To support the NCW Alliance first team and their endeavors to compete and move players on to next level opportunities.
  • Hold bi-annual college prep nights to educate players and parents regarding NCAA eligibility requirements, the college environment and recruiting process.
  • Help players identify preferences regarding living environments, academic interests, levels of competition and commitment required of student athletes at the various next level programs.
  • Maintain an annual rolling calendar that identifies NCW Academy training days, competitions, and player id events.
  • Utilize Captain U, CollegeFit, PSPL Surf Academy, EPD and Club Technical Director network of college coaches to promote players to appropriate next level programs.
  • Help players with building their player profiles, keeping them current and developing an action plan for making contact, interviewing and building a relationship with next level staff.
  • Introduce and provide supplemental programs to players that include performance training, nutritional guidance, mental fitness, injury prevention, and rehabilitation.
  • Coordinating meet and greet as well as presentation events that utilize former Club players sharing their next level experiences with aspiring and current NCW Alliance players.
  • Working with U12-U14 coaches to identify players and appropriate events for an introduction to NCW Alliance Academy programming.
NCW Alliance Academy vs EWA Surf Academy 2018


  • Program Content Includes:
    • Higher level tactical & systems of play training
    • Higher demands placed on players soccer IQ and role playing
    • College Prep Course
    • Nutritional Education
    • Injury Prevention Education
    • Mental Fitness Education
    • Supplemental Speed, Explosion, Strength & Agility Training
    • College/Academy like travel itineraries & experience

    Player Eligibility & Selection

All high school aged female athletes are eligible for the program. All eligible players have the opportunity to be identified as a candidate. The entire NCW Alliance Coaching Staff is utilized in the candidate id process. Candidates are identified by the following criteria:

  • Technical Ability
  •  Athleticism
  • Soccer IQ – Tactical Decision Making
  • Special Qualities – i.e., long throw in, free kick specialist, consistent aerial threat
  • X Factor – Mentality and Attitude that consistently strives to improve, perseveres thru adversity, inspires and gets the best out of others.

Once candidates have been identified, they are then observed and evaluated by the NCW Alliance Program Staff. This can happen in a variety of ways:

  • Observation in the candidates team environment which includes training and match performance.
  • Observation of the candidate in a “train up and/or play up” opportunity.
  • A separate tryout or series of specified tryouts with the candidates own age group or a combination of age groups.

Candidate selection and invitation to the program player pool or specific Academy Team is then determined by the NCW Alliance Staff. A formal written review of all candidates will be made available to all players who were not selected to the program player pool or specific Academy Team. Because the nature of sport is dynamic, promotions and relegations to the program may happen at any time the coaching staff deems movement is warranted. Withdrawal or dismissal from the program will require a written explanation by the parties involved. All monies whether they be personal, solicited or raised by other means, equipment, uniforms, etc., remain the property of the program. There are no refunds given for withdrawal or dismissal from the program unless the BOD determines that circumstances warrant a partial or full refund. All such decisions are final.

Required Parental Support

NCW Alliance Academy Teams require dedicated parent volunteers who work with the coaching staff to coordinate and manage the communication, fundraising, tournament registration, travel, collection and disbursement of funds and chaperones. The number of people involved varies by

team, but the commitment to serve and fulfill duties and meet timelines are absolutely critical to the teams ability to function efficiently. At minimum a team needs the following:

Manager: someone who has great organizational and communication skills to make sure parents have current information and communicate potential issues back to the coaching staff. Takes care of tournament registration and making sure coaches and team are aware and address tournament requirements. Typically have all player paperwork and player cards on hand for team check-in and player profiles for disbursement to inquiring coaches.

Travel Coordinator: Works with coaching staff to take care of identifying and booking travel options for the team. This includes lodging and modes of transportation to, during and from the event – rooming assignments – chaperones.

Fundraising: This role is usually handled by a committee of parents who handle all aspects of identifying and coordinating efforts by all players/families involved with the team. Event estimates are forecasted and delivered to the Fundraising committee who then go to work identifying and formulating a plan to address the teams need for each event. The committee then works to coordinate and execute all aspects of the plan to insure funding for each event.

Program Costs

Player Registration                          $500 (covers all referee fees, field rentals, team equipment and administrative support by NCW Alliance ownership and staff.)

Player Uniform                                 $150 (Home & Away kits also used by the NCW Alliance first team.)

Monthly training fee                      $50 per player (Paid directly to the coaching staff on the first day of training every month of training – April – August, November – February.)

Travel Expenses                               Varies by game and tournament destination. Private transportation will be used whenever possible. However, at major showcase events this would include tournament registration, airfare, lodging, van rental and food. Target tournament events and approximate costs are listed below. Coach Travel expenses are covered by the team and are included in the individual cost of the specific event.)

Astro Turf College Showcase – Tukwila, WA – November 23-25, 2018      $250 per player + food

Portland Showcase – Hillsboro, OR – January 11-14, 2019                               $400 per player + food

Las Vegas Mayors Cup College Showcase – February 22-24, 2019               $600 per player +food/airfare

Phoenix Cup College Showcase – March 22-24, 2019                                    $600 per player + food/airfare

There will be a lot of research and off field preparation that the girls will need to do prior to each showcase:

  • Build and maintain their player resume`
  • Identify school programs they’re interested in pursuing
  • Making initial contact with school prospect list
  • Follow up with programs of interest
  • Sending invitations and schedules to programs of interest

We will set dates for classroom work and help during the school high school season on Sundays. Those dates will be announced once we have our commitments for the first tournament.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any specific questions or concerns you may have. It’s a privilege for me to help your daughters reach their next level goals.

All the best!

Mike Osborn – NCW Alliance Academy Director – – 509-670-7047

NCW Alliance vs Yakima United game recap

On Sunday May 20th 2018 the NCW Alliance kicked off their game against the Yakima United with a 3-5-2 formation, hoping to push forward and score in a strong quick pace and using the midfield as a key. Yakima took the field in their striking red kits and Alliance in their own clean white kits with a few instructions from the coaching staff fresh on their mind.  Working on a sense of urgency. utilizing pockets in the midfield but all together making sure not to get stuck forward. This was put in effect right as the whistle blew, numbers were sent forward and forced Yakima’s keeper to make a save in just the second minute. A back and forth fight continued for ten more minutes until a corner was taken and Allison Flynn took advantage of an open patch of goal. It was 1-0 when Yakima’s#22 found the back of the net, responding quick in the fourteenth minute. This is where the scoreboard stopped changing rapidly as the game continued on in the afternoon not scarce of sun. The alliance started falling forward for a more primary attack in the 29th and tempo flared as a penalty was called in the 33rd minute for a Yakima handball in the box. This is when. Allison Radar drove a sneaky solid ball, smoothly into the lower right corner of the goal frame. Minutes later the scoreboard said 44th minute when Yareli Blanco fired a dangerous shot. The crossbar saved the Yakima keeper and stopped the Alliance from securing a third goal. Moving into halftime main notes from coaches were needing forwards to be more greedy and the defense to clean up the backline making more precise decisions in order to avoid Yakima taking advantage of a mistake. A spirited cheer sent the team back onto the pitch. The Alliance kept up the fight in the second half and had no shortage of chances, but overall Yakima United prevailed from balls sent into the net in the 45th and 80th minutes. Both goals came from set pieces, the first off a free kick and the latter off a corner. Making the score 3-2 after the ninety minutes. The NCW were unable to keep their sense of urgency and cool in the towering afternoon temperatures. Although the score said 3-2 the coaches were not giving up their passion. After game going around as a group to reach out for feedback and making sure each voice was heard. Trying to trace what exactly went wrong and fixing it was the theme and hopefully a key in the Alliance finding their goals, literally, in games to come. Head Coach Jamie Richards put in input by stating,” Three words could have prevented three goals.” Elaborating about the importance of communication. Addressing problems and finding their way around them is vital to a growing team, especially as they grow and learn to play together as one.  Luke Astell, another vital portion of the coaching staff, spoke up about game time reaction,” Where am I, what should I be doing?” Simplifying the game, makes it easy and effective. That is what the games about, playing effective and having those experiences, whether it be positive or negative, and being able to learn from them. What should we fix and how are we going to do so is a mindset for the game. Later in training Coach Richards integrated this theme stating,” Don’t let that game go.” Keep it next to you to be able to use it, don’t just forget it, be able to learn from those experiences. This is just what Alliance hopes to do as they continue with their season.

Kaitlyn Bonner

NCW Alliance vs Capital FC game recap

Kate Springer #8

​The NCW Alliance FC fell to Capital FC, originating from Salem Oregon, in a devastating 3-1 loss. The entire game was a back and forth struggle of the two teams fighting for points. The Alliance, coming back from a positive 1-0 scrimmage against the Olympia Force, were hit and miss on connecting passes with teammates. The first goal against the new team occurred from the penalty spot in the eighth minute, which Capital’s #10 took and buried in the far right side of the goal. The second goal from Capital FC occurred in the 17th minute where the ball kept being mis-played until Capitals #19 finally sent the ball to the back of Alliances net . In the next few minutes, Alliance started getting it sorted out, holding positions and taking more control of the game. This is where they had a series of fouls called outside of Capitals penalty spot all balls had brilliant service but failed to meet the back of the net due to Capital’s stubborn defense. The first half ended at the 45th minute, as the teams did not derive any stoppage time in the first half.

Coaches Jamie Richards and Luke Astell

Head Coach Jamie Richards then lead a discussion elaborating about changes the Alliance needed to make. The main takeaways were the team needed to give better support up high in order to obtain goals, a heavy midfield was required to do so as the support was not getting there fast enough. As well as the speed of transitions were good as “Numbers were moving forward quick” but the offense needed to be on the same page as the defense. The rest of the conversation was working out minor tweaks and hooks as the team continues to grow and learn together. The second half arrived and Capital FC continued to keep up a tight defense in a back and forth brawl. In the 65th-minute Capitals #10 weaved her way through the field to score a second time, clutching a brace. Thematch continued with the Alliance still fighting and making plays even though the scoreboard did not match the atmosphere.

Allison Flynn #10

In the 71st, Kate Springer added to the Alliances side of the scoreboard, adding fuel to the fire. The goal came when #10 Allie Flynn set up an impressive shot that ricocheted of the crossbar and towards #8 Kate Springer, who then took her opportunity to chip it past the best efforts of the keeper. The game ended in the 93rd minute with the 3-1 result. Even though the result was not what NCW Alliance FC hoped for, the young team’s game showed that they will continue to put effort into fixing and sharpening their game as they grow together.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Game Recap by Kaitlyn Bonner