The National Premier Soccer League announced Tuesday that Crossfire Redmond of Redmond, Wash. 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 had a 24-year professional playing career that included time in the North American Soccer , League, Major Indoor Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League and A-League. He also had 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 is affiliated with Crossfire Redmond.
Home matches will be held at Redmond High School Stadium in Redmond, Wash.
“I’m very happy to have Crossfire Redmond join the Northwest Conference of the NPSL,” OSA Seattle FC president and owner Giuseppe Pezzano said. “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.”