EMFC was formed in 2006 under the guidance of a number of committed parents and coaches to improve the environment for competitive players in Eugene and Springfield. The mission statement of Eugene Metro FC was to “encourage and motivate special needs, recreational, and competitive soccer players in our community to advance their individual and team skills by providing quality training, committed teams, and skilled coaching. Eugene Metro FC’s programs are designed to serve the diverse cultures and income levels of the community.”
From 2006 to 2013 the club has grown from a modest three teams to one of the most recognized clubs outside of the Portland Metro area boosting over 25 teams in all age and gender groups with a very competitive U10 academy program. The club also has a growing Little Timbers program with over 150 soccer player age 4-10. In 2013, the club changed its name to Eugene Timbers Futbol Club and joined the Timbers Alliance. The Timbers Alliance is a network of strategic partnerships between the Portland Timbers and elite youth clubs in Oregon. Through the Alliance, Eugene Timbers FC has access to share resources with other club and the Portland Timbers to aid in player development.
Mac Wilson was the club’s first Director of Coaching and he established a rigorous curriculum, recruited coaches, formed teams and put the club on Oregon’s competitive club map. Jurgen Ruckaberle, a staff coach from the beginning took over the club’s leadership in 2008. Jurgen and the ETFC coaching staff have established one of the most successful clubs in Oregon. Players compete in statewide leagues, in regional leagues and tournaments, and represent our club well in national Showcase tournaments. Our players participate in the Olympic Development Program and many of our players have graduated from the club to play college soccer. Under Jurgen’s leadership the club has established a successful entry program for young soccer players – Little Timbers PGM and a very competitive U10 academy program. The club runs a 3v3 Challenge Cup tournament and the ETFC adidas Premier Cup, one of the largest tournaments in the region.
The ETFC board of directors also grew from the original 6 members with Evon Smith at the helm to a much bigger board representing a much larger constituency in our community. Steve Cooney replaced Evon Smith as president in 2008. Jason Giles was president from July 2009 – July 2012. The ETFC board currently has 11 directors with Derek Johnson as President of the Board of Directors.