Jamie Richards on as Capitals’ Assistant Coach

richards-2The Capitals did not have to look very far to find a qualified assistant coach to join Head Coach Cesar Ceppi’s staff. The club brought in Jamie Richards to add his experience and expertise with the EPLWA Men. Richards is the Head Coach of the successful Chelan High School Boys Soccer program. He’s also an assistant at Wenatchee Valley CC. Further, he has played at the elite adult level in Washington with the Wenatchee Fire (indoors) among others.

“I came on three games ago full time when we played Olympic Force, due to prior commitments as Chelan High School Head Coach,” says Richards.

“Coaching here is an honor—to be with Brazilian native Cesar Ceppi. We together offer a diverse background and experience to pass on to Wenatchee FC as well as express the passion for this beautiful game.”

Richards has already coached some of the players who are with Wenatchee FC’s EPLWA team. Now they are back together again, taking on the best that the state has to offer.

“It is also an honor to continue to coach players that have played for me the last four years in high school,” Jamie says.

“This small community is a soccer-rich place in the state of Washington and to be a part of the exposure these young men will receive is an honor.”

Coach Richards (full beard) playing in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) this season with the Wenatchee Fire. (Wilson Tsoi)

Capitals break through for biggest win

Wenatchee FC 1-0 Vancouver Victory FC

The Capitals got the biggest win in their short history by knocking off Vancouver 1-0 at Mike Hollis Field. The match was scoreless at halftime, but soon after the restart WFC would get the only goal they would need.

Adrian Espinoza settled a ball and wound up for a shot in the 49th minute that gave Wenatchee the lead. It was his second goal of the 2015 season.

“It was a complete team effort and battle for the full 90+ minutes,” Espinoza said after the match. “Could have gone either way with multiple opportunities for both sides. I had the opportunity and put what was the winner away but couldn’t have done it with out my teammates.”

Adrian Espinoza scores the winner. (Don Seabrook / Wenatchee World photo)

Wenatchee goalkeeper Mauricio Sanchez echoed those statements. “It’s a young and very talented group coming together and fine tuning all areas of our game as the season progresses,” Sanchez said. “We knew the type of opponent we had in front of us and what it would take to get the result. We executed well and played according to plan the entire 90 minutes.”

Both clubs had chances the rest of the way in a tight battle, but the Capitals were able to hold on for the win. Vancouver falls to 7-1-0 on the season (21 points) but still leads the league. Wenatchee improves to 5-4-0 on the year (15 points) but has just five matches left to play. See some great photos from the Wenatchee World here.

VANCOUVER VICTORY FC 21 8 7 1 0 26 7 +19
SOUTH SOUND FC 17 8 5 1 2 26 11 +15
WENATCHEE FC 15 9 5 4 0 20 25 -5
SPOKANE SHADOW 14 7 4 1 2 18 8 +10
YAKIMA UNITED FC 10 9 3 5 1 20 22 -2
SEATTLE STARS FC 10 8 3 4 1 15 20 -5
OLYMPIC FORCE 9 9 3 6 0 20 28 -8
BELLINGHAM UNITED FC 0 8 0 8 0 7 31 -24

Capitals 3rd in table after latest win


WFC-Header-Gradient-LogoWenatchee FC currently stand third in the Evergreen Premier League after their latest win evened the Capitals record at 4-4-0 with 12 standings points. Wenatchee rallied to beat Bellingham United 3-1 on Sunday night June 7 at Mike Hollis Field in 100+ degree heat.

Bellingham led 1-0 most of the way until WFC got a goal from Eleazar Galvan in the 70th minue to make it 1-1. Then in the late stages Luis Garcia scored the winner. His goal came in the 84th minute. Galvan scored an insurance goal in the 89th to make the final score.

Eleazar Galvan has now scored 10 goals in 8 matches. He’s leading the EPLWA in goals. Galvan also recently became the first player to win two Offensive Player of the Week awards. He was honored for his hat trick in Wenatchee’s 5-1 win over the Olympic Force.

WFC has a big match this Saturday night June 13 at Mike Hollis Field at when the 7-0-0 Vancouver Victory FC invade Wenatchee at 6 PM looking for their 8th straight win. The Victory top the table on 21 points.

VANCOUVER VICTORY FC 21 7 7 0 0 26 6 +20
SOUTH SOUND FC 17 7 5 0 2 23 7 +16
WENATCHEE FC 12 8 4 4 0 19 25 -6
SPOKANE SHADOW 11 6 3 1 2 14 5 +9
YAKIMA UNITED FC 10 8 3 4 1 18 18 0
SEATTLE STARS FC 7 7 2 4 1 11 18 -7
OLYMPIC FORCE 6 8 2 6 0 16 26 -10
BELLINGHAM UNITED FC 0 7 0 7 0 5 27 -22

Eleazar Galvan named Player of Week

Rising above expectations and doing something remarkable gets you noticed. In Bremerton Wenatchee FC creative attacker Eleazar Galvan ran through the Olympic Force defense and scored a hat trick after just 22 minutes of play in a 4-1 Capitals win. His performance was acknowledged with the May 10 Player of the Week honor on offense.


Eleazar Galvan (midfield / forward) was the leading scorer for Wenatchee FC in 2014 with 7 goals. He’s nearly half way to that total right now after a 22-minute stretch in which he scored a hat trick on Mothers Day against the Olympic Force in Bremerton. “My first season in the EPLWA was a great one. I was able to play with people who I grew up with that I consider my brothers. I don’t think I had a favorite moment with this team because every moment was an important one,” Galvan said in a feature article during the offseason. “Playing for Wenatchee FC has definitely helped me become a better player. It has helped me become more physical. Also it has helped me see the game from different perspectives as the coach taught us. Practicing and playing vs. good players has also helped me become a better soccer player.”

Galvan Elezar

Galvan’s hat trick was built on speed in the 3rd, 10th and 22nd minutes. He worked his way around Olympic Force defenders and was able to beat the goalkeeper from the left (once) and right (twice.) To cap off his day he assisted on Wenatchee FC’s stoppage time goal in the second half to cement a 4-1 away win.

The Chelan High School graduate, who played two stong seasons in the NWAC with Skagit Valley, will play for Western Washington University this fall.

Capitals win on Galvan hat trick

BREMERTON, WA—Wenatchee FC (1-2-0, 3 points) got a first half hat trick from Eleazar Galvan to beat the Olympic Force (0-2-0, 0 points) on Sunay May 10 at Gordon Field. Galvan also assisted on a stoppage time goal by Matheus Correa. Izzy Deluna scored the Force’s goal.

MATCH GALLERY: by David Falk.

Two teams searching for their first win of the season battled it out under sunny Mothers Day skies. Early on Wenatchee FC showed they wanted the three points. Galvan’s first goal came only three-plus minutes into the match. He finished a through ball from Eduardo Perez in tight quarters around the left side of the six yard box.

Only few minutes later in the 10th minute it was 2-0 for the Capitals when Galvan intercepted a Force pass on the right, made one move into the penalty area, then shot across the goal mouth to the far corner.

VANCOUVER VICTORY FC 9 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7
SOUTH SOUND FC 7 3 2 0 1 10 5 +5
SPOKANE SHADOW 4 2 1 0 1 9 3 +6
YAKIMA UNITED FC 4 3 1 1 1 7 5 +2
SEATTLE STARS FC 4 3 1 1 1 5 5 0
WENATCHEE FC 3 3 1 2 0 7 11 -4
OLYMPIC FORCE 0 2 0 2 0 3 8 -5
BELLINGHAM UNITED FC 0 3 0 3 0 2 13 -11


Eleazar’s onslaught was complete in the 22nd minute when he returned to the left flank. This time he beat his defender and hit one near post. It was already 3-0 Wenatchee FC.

The Force stablized their play and then gained a bit of momentum back when Izzy Deluna collected a loos ball and hit the rofo of the Wenatchee goal from the left side at close range in the 41st minute.

The second half was largely uneventful.  In added time Galvan was still speedy, and his final run up the field produced Wenatchee’s fourth goal when Matheus Correa converted in the 91st.

Wenatchee FC hosts Central Washington rivals Yakima United FC on Sunday at Wenatchee Valley CC at 6 PM.