Milano wants to preserve the Northwest Conference

FC Tacoma 253 and Spartans to compete in NPSL Northwest Conference

[fusion_text]The NPSL held its AGM this weekend. It provided some clearer view of how the inaugural season for FC Tacoma 253 will pan out. Three sides, Seattle Sporting, Inter and Gorge FC have disappeared from the Northwest Conference, a situation that would have left only Portland Spartans in the Conference.

The arrival of FC Tacoma 253 allowed the NPSL to keep the Conference alive but the 253 and Spartans will have to compete with sides from the strong Golden Gate Conference to ensure a schedule of ten fixtures.  [justified_image_grid preset=9 ids=3396 margin=5px wrap_text=yes]

The 253 will make two trips to Northern California playing back to back games in each, probably on a Friday and Sunday basis. They will host four of the Golden Gate sides to bring that to eight games against the Californians.

Spartans will play the same four sides from the Golden Gate to ensure a fair competition and two Cascadian sides will then play each other on a home and away basis to complete ten matches.

Whichever of the two sides is ahead on points will advance as Cascadia’s representatives in the NPSL Playoffs.

Filippo Milano is FC Tacoma253’s Technical Manager.

“We fought very hard to save the Conference and a distinct identity for the Pacific Northwest. We share the NPSL’s aspiration that more teams will come forward. The travel will be initially difficult but the real challenge for us is to play against Californian sides with more years experience than we will have in our first year,” he said.

ther details from the NPSL AGM will follow as the league announces them.[/fusion_text]