December 8, 2016
Yakima Sharks swimming in big leagues of competitive youth soccer
By Toby Freeman
Regional Business Manager
Whether it is 100 degrees in summer or 10 degrees in winter, the Yakima Sharks are practicing. That is what champions, on and off the field, do.
Right now, the soccer team made up of young men from the Yakima Valley is working toward matches in January and February when they will compete in The Washington Cup to determine the best team in the state. In February the team be will attending the Las Vegas Mayors Cup, a college showcase with international teams attending. In March, they will finish the last leg of the Northwest Championship League determining the best team in the region. They are currently 7-0, and the only undefeated team with two games remaining. In July they will be attending the US National Cup where the best teams in the US come out. They are doing great things and will be in front of many college scouts which can change these boys’ lives.
At Pacific Power, we are so proud of them and in being part of the community that has helped them get this far with donations and moral support. They do the hard work, but we are on the sidelines cheering like crazy.
The Sharks soccer team started almost 10 years ago. Two players, Kane Cuevas and Nicholas Mueller, then 5 years old, wanted to play soccer and have their dads, Nasario Cuevas and Damon Mueller, coach them. They played in the Selah Parks and Recreation league for a couple of years and then moved to the Mexican League Outdoor and Indoor for stronger competition. They had great success along the way winning local league championships and tournaments. Five years ago, they decided to up the competition another notch and were one of the first teams to make up the Central Washington Soccer Academy, now called Central Washington Sounders affiliated with the Seattle Sounders MLS club.
Along the way, they changed their official name to the Central Washington Sounders, but they still call themselves the Sharks.
Nasario is a journeyman lineman for Pacific Power in Yakima, where he grew up in the Naches Valley. Back in high school he played soccer with Damon, who is now an IT Tech at Yakima Urology. They grew up playing soccer together and now their kids are doing the same, although at a much higher level than the dads every dreamed.
Some of the Sharks’ accomplishments:
- Won the Washington Cup in 2014, finalists in 2012, 2013, 2015
- Selected for the Northwest Championship League
- Won PSPL Fall Season 2016
- 14 out of 14 players who tried out for All State PSPL Surf Academy made the team
- 2 Players have been nominated 2 years consecutively & invited to attend National identification development program,
- Currently have 5 players training with the Sounders Academy, Sounders Reserves Boys 02 & B03 teams and training in the Sounders Discovery Program.
- Players have traveled and played in Canada, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California with upcoming tournaments in Nevada and Indiana.
- Champions & Undefeated in the Sounders Cup & Central Washington Cup 2016
This doesn’t come without hard work. The team trains 4 to 5 days a week year around. The players are required to do community work, attain good grades and are accountable for their actions on and off the field.
Nasario, who has been at Pacific Power nine years, is not only building athletes, he is helping them to learn what hard work, dedication, commitment and strong character means. His goal is for them to be able to use the skills they learn to attend college as an athlete if able or by academics and hard work.
“Playing at this level is a great expense to the players and families and without community support would create a direct hardship on these families,” said Nasario. “It would not be possible without the generous contributions Pacific Power has made to the team. The Sharks are honored and proud to wear the company logo on their jerseys.”
Thanks, Nasario for all you and the young men do. It is great to be even a small of part of this amazing team.
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