TACOMA, Wash. – The Western Indoor Soccer League is excited to announce that the Portland Blacktails have joined the league beginning with the men’s 2020-2021 season. The WISL’s first Oregon based club and the league’s eighth team will play their home games out of the Portland SoccerPlex in the West Slope neighborhood.
The Portland Blacktails were founded by Andy Ochoa, a former player for the PASL’s Anaheim Bolts and Las Vegas Legends. The Blacktails got their first taste of WISL soccer last season when they played the Oly Town Artesians and Tacoma Stars Reserves in preseason games in Olympia and at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Ochoa expects to field a strong team with professional soccer experience and will hold tryouts soon.
“We are really excited to welcome Portland to the league and expand to Oregon,” said WISL Director of Communications and Oly Town Artesians founder Brandon Sparks. “We expect the Blacktails will draw some quality players from a soccer rich city and will be very competitive in the league right away.”
The Blacktails will begin play when the Western Indoor Soccer League returns to play. The 2020-2021 season has been delayed and clubs will reconvene in early November to discuss when the league can return safely.
About the Western Indoor Soccer League:
The WISL began play in 2014-15. The elite premier adult indoor soccer league currently has eight teams in men’s play: Bellingham United, the Oly-Pen Force (Bremerton), the Oly Town Artesians (Olympia), the Portland Blacktails, Snohomish County FC Steelheads, Snohomish Skyhawks, Tacoma Narrows FC, and Tacoma Stars Reserves. In the women’s WISL the current teams are: Oly-Pen Force, Oly Town Artesians, Snohomish County FC Silvers, and Tacoma Narrows.