A NEW PROCESS: Spring usually means soccer tryouts. At Eagleclaw, our tryouts are always special as coaches from Valencia CF travel from Spain to Seattle to assist Eagleclaw coaches with tryouts and select our Valencia Discovery Program (VDP) teams. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 crisis we cannot hold our usual tryout process.
There are many ambitious players who admire Eagleclaw's playing style, training environment and development opportunities and who were looking forward to showing us their smarts and skills at tryouts. Social distancing requirements make that impossible now. We know this is a stressful time, so we have decided to help players and their families by eliminating the pressure of tryouts and "making the team" and instead making it as easy as possible for players like you to join Eagleclaw and play soccer this coming season.
For that reason, we have instituted a new Player Placement process allowing players to join our club now, safely and without the need for physically gathering players and coaches for a tryout. Through this process we will welcome players onto Eagleclaw teams for the upcoming 2020/21 Season.
HOW IT WORKS: The three-step process is the same for current Eagleclaw players and new players who wish to join the the club, but the timeline may be different for new players joining us from a PSPL member club.
STEP 1: APRIL 19 - MAY 22
REGISTER FOR THE 2020/21 SEASON
CURRENT EAGLECLAW PLAYERS*: By May 1, 2020, register for the 2020/21 Season and you will remain with your current team. You can register at anytime in this window, but after May 1 we cannot guarantee your place on your current team. Click Here to register.
* NOTE: This process does not apply to high school-aged boys who completed their tryouts and team placement last February. You boys are all set! However, if you are a high school-aged boy still looking for a club and team, please contact us at
NEW PLAYERS: We want to hear from you now! You can register for the 2020/21 Season right now and we will place you on an Eagleclaw team. Click Here to register. If you wish, prior to registering you may schedule a telephone conference with our Coaching Staff by clicking here. This way, you can get to know us and we can get to know you!
Players born 2013-07 register for the 2020/21 Primary Academy
Players born 2006-03 register for the 2020/21 Valencia Discovery Program/Advanced Academy
FEE ARRANGEMENTS: Eagleclaw is offering two basic payment arrangements for the 2020/21 Season.
Extended Payment Plan (EPP): This is a zero-interest plan. Players will make an initial down payment of $500 (reduced from $600) and the balance will be in installment payments that will not begin until August 1, 2020. We encourage families to take advantage of the EPP if it will help during this difficult time. Click here for a short video on how to choose the EPP option when registering. If your family needs the start of installment payments to be delayed beyond August 1, 2020, please email us confidentially at and we will be happy to do whatever we can do to help you in these difficult times. Our highest priority is making it easy for your child to train and play with Eagleclaw.
Full Payment: Players may elect to pay the full amount for the season. Full payment provides Eagleclaw much needed flexibility with its operating budget and resources during this difficult time.
STEP 2: MAY 1 - 15
ALL PLAYERS: Members of the Eagleclaw Coaching Staff will reach out to players via phone or email to confirm team placement and assess whether any adjustments are necessary. This step will help us get to know your son or daughter as part of our objective of ensuring we place players on teams we believe will offer the optimal balance of challenge, success and growth.
STEP 3: MAY 1 - 31
During this window, Eagleclaw's coaching staff will be finalizing team rosters and communicating teams about important next steps to prepare for the coming season such as training schedules, ordering uniforms and team meetings.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN I REQUEST PLACEMENT ON A SPECIFIC TEAM?: Yes, we will consider all requests to be placed on a specific team, but placement decisions will ultimately be made by the Eagleclaw coaching staff. Please remember, however, that placement on Valencia Discovery Program (VDP) teams involves a more stringent process as those teams train in stricter, high performance environments.
WILL TEAMS BE STRICTLY BY BIRTH YEAR?: Not necessarily. In some cases, an entire roster will be players born in the same year. However, we prefer "hybrid" teams with players born in two year brackets (e.g. 04/05, 06/07). In forming teams, we may assign players to a hybrid team.
WILL VALENCIA COACHES BE SELECTING VDP PLAYERS?: In normal times, coaches from Valencia CF travel to Seattle to conduct tryouts and select players for VDP teams. Since travel at this time is impossible, selections to VDP teams will be made by Eagleclaw's VDP coaches in consultation with the VDP Technical Manager, Toni Navarro. These consultations will involve video conferences and sharing evaluation information such as player biographies, personal statements and video.
CAN I BE CONSIDERED FOR A VALENCIA DISCOVERY PROGRAM TEAM? Yes! At the moment, VDP teams are only for the following age groups:
We may be forming additional VDP teams through our Player Placement process and if so we will announce them. If you are interested in any of our current VDP teams, please email us at with the subject line "VDP Team Inquiry". A member of our coaching staff will contact you to begin an interview process.
I AM WITH AN RCL CLUB. CAN I JOIN EAGLECLAW NOW?: Absolutely! You can register with Eagleclaw right now!
I AM WITH A PSPL CLUB. CAN I JOIN EAGLECLAW NOW?: Not yet. You can register with Eagleclaw starting on May 16th. In the meantime, you are free to contact us via email right now with any questions you may have about Eagleclaw and to request information about placement on a specific Eagleclaw team.