Oly Town Triumphs 4-0 against #1 Seed in Round of 32

SEATTLE, WA – The Oly Town men played their first USL playoff match in club history at Interbay Stadium Friday night and put on an offensive spectacle.

Park City Red Wolves traveled from Salt Lake City, Utah as an undefeated #1 seed from the Mountain Division having been one of the only teams in nation to do so.

Oly Town having entered as a #4 seed from the Northwest but second in the division looked to advance to the conference finals that takes place Sunday at Interbay.

The Artesians got on the board midway through the first half after several great chances early with a free kick cross from Federico Russo that found Jack Sluys redirecting header and a put away by Habib Famuditimi to go up 1-0.

Shortly later a well played dribble in the box by Gil De La Luz and low level strike would help the Artesians go into half up 2-0.

The defense was troubled very little with key defensive play from Oly Captain Jack Sluys and Camron Miller. Charlie Lanphier started in goal and got the shutout for the Artesians.

Oly Town would close out the game with several breakaway attacks but saw goals from Camron Miller and Cooper Brunell to complete the melee 4-0.

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The win puts the Artesians into the West Coast Finals of the USL League Two Playoffs Sunday at 2PM against in-state rival Ballard FC.

Ballard played New Mexico United late Friday night in front of a packed Seattle crowd and won 2-0. New Mexico was second place on the Mountain Division and couldn’t keep possession against the #1 NW seed Ballard FC.

West Coast Finals

Sunday July 23 | 2PM Kick | Oly Town vs Ballard

The conference final showdown between Oly Town and Ballard will cap off a 4-game year between the two clubs. Ballard took two of the matches but Oly Town getting the better of them at their home at Interbay Stadium back in June winning 3-2 playing a man down.

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Kickoff is 2PM on Sunday July 23. Winners will advance to the final eight teams in the USL nation.

Oly Town has had a historic run this year having placed fourth in 2022 but made significant changes in coaching and player personnel to now be one of the top teams in the USL2 nation.

Head Oly Town Coach Liviu Bird has experience at this level having coached the U23 Sounders, Kitsap Pumas and being a coaching analyst for the Columbus Crew during their MLS Cup win.

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Oly Town Takes on Park City in Seattle to Open West Coast Semifinals

OLYMPIA, WA – The Oly Town Artesians have had a banner year in 2023 with both USL programs making the national playoff as the action continues with the USL League Two men’s side preparing for the postseason to start Friday in Seattle, WA.

The Artesians play against undefeated Park City Red Wolves who took first in the Mountain Division in 2023. Park City is led by goalkeeper Jason Smith (810 minutes, 1 shutout) and leading goalscorer Greyson Mercer (6 goals). The Red Wolves closed out the season with a 2-1 win over second place New Mexico United who play Ballard FC in the other West Cost Semifinal Friday in Seattle, WA.

Oly Town is led by Captain and defender Jack Sluys (1080 minutes), goalkeeper Charlie Lanphier (2 shutouts) and leading goalscorer Gil De La Luz (4 goals). Skipper Liviu Bird is in his first year with Oly Town but significant experience in USL and PDL competition having coached the U23 Sounders and Kitsap Pumas.

Western Conference Bracket 2023

Oly Town vs Park City Red Wolves (Seminfinal A)

2PM Kickoff | Friday, July 21

Interbay Stadium, Seattle, WA

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Ballard FC vs New Mexico United (Semifinal B)

730PM Kickoff | Friday, July 21

Interbay Stadium, Seattle, WA

Winner A vs Winner B (West Coast Finals)

2PM PST | Sunday, July 23 | Interbay Stadium

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Oly Men Clinch USL Playoff as #2 Seed and USL W Awards Announced

OLYMPIA, WA – The Artesian men’s program ended the regular season Friday night just shy of 400 fans and clinched the USL postseason for the first time in club history.

Although the team lost 2-1 against fourth place United PDX, the Artesians sit in second place in a division that takes two teams to the postseason. Ballard FC beating Capital FC 3-1 on Wednesday solidified the table for the top two clubs to prepare for a postseason run that starts next week on July 21st.

Oly Town saw two goalkeepers in last nights match, Seattle University keeper Charlie Lanphier in the first half then Puget Sound University keeper Ryan Saunders in the second. Pavel Valchev of Bulgaria got the lone goal for the Oly Town Artesians on the night. Valchev normally a defender getting his first goal of the year in the USL League Two.

This paves the ways for Oly Town to play July 21st at Interbay Stadium at 2PM against what is rumored to be by bracketology experts in the USL as Monterrey out of the Northern California division.

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Oly Town moved two spots from their fourth place finish in 2022 and find themselves in a unique position nationwide sending two teams to the USL national playoffs. Both USL W League and USL League two teams from Oly Town advanced which is a rare feat in the USL to do.

End of Season Interviews

Allen Escalante, Habib Famuditimi, Richy Lapointe-Guevara and Coach Liviu Bird!

Stay tuned for playoff information Monday as USL finishes the rest of the season across the nation this weekend to find out who the Artesians play July 21st to open the national playoffs in Seattle, WA.


2023 USL W League Club Awards

The Artesian women capped off an amazing inaugural year in the USL W League in 2023 with an undefeated regular season finish at 8-0-2. The women sealed a #1 Seed on the west coast but had to travel to Davis, CA to play a #4 seed in the opening game of the national playoff and lost 0-1.

Oly Town announced Friday the USL W team awards which includes standout performances from individuals on the team.

Oly Town Artesian Channel YouTube featured an in-depth look at the award winners by USL W General Manager Vanessa Crisp and hosted by John McGlamery. Watch the presentation below on YouTube!

Defensive Player of The Year

August Hunter (Harvard University)

Offensive Player of the Year

Alexis Washington (Univ of Oklahoma)

Most Inspirational

Mariah Lee (Stanford, Wake Forest, OL Reign)

“Most Fun” To Be Around

Ava Uribe (Syracuse University)

Most Valuable Player

Sydney Stephens (University of Illinois)

John McGlamery honored two players with the most minutes as well, Suzuka Yosue and Emily Bunnell as they were workhorses and played the most in the USL W League this season for Oly Town.

John McGlamery also had fun on the broadcast and apologized to defender Abby Jacobs in a fun twist where he accidentally blamed her for a foul in the penalty box earlier in the year that caused a penalty kick. The fun moment caps off the end of the USL W League honors on the broadcast.

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