Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pumas to launch youth academy teams

The Pumas have been trying to start a youth program for a while. Here is information from the club on a couple Youth Academy team that will begin this spring:

In 2012 the Kitsap Pumas SC will launch youth soccer teams for the first time.

The Pumas Youth academy is designed to spot and develop high level young players in the Kitsap area. It is the goal of the Pumas to progress players into good college systems with a view to offering our most advanced players the chance of playing professional soccer after graduation.

Age Groups:

Our Boys U15 and U13 teams will be coached by Kitsap Pumas Head Coach, James Ritchie. Sessions will be twice weekly and be held at North Kitsap High School. Teams will participate in a number of summer tournaments and play in the Fall PSPL league. In the future it is the goal of the club to cover other age groups and also girls soccer.

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Pumas announce 10 player signings

A couple days ago, I said the Pumas were on the verge of announcing some player signings.

The club did that today, revealing that 10 players have been signed for the upcoming PDL season. Six of the players are returners from last year’s club, one has previous experience with Kitsap, and three are newcomers.

Here is the release from the club. I’ll be working on a story for the print edition today

BREMERTON — The 2011 USL PDL champion Kitsap Pumas announced the signing of 10 players today for the upcoming 2012 PDL season subject to 
USL and USSF approval.

Six of them are returners from last year’s squad – assistant coach 
Dustyn Brim, goalkeeper Zac Lubin, defender Taylor Hyde, defender
 Steve Mohn, midfielder Matt Friesen and midfielder/defender Kyle 
Johnson. Hyde and Mohn were part of a defense that kept 12 clean 
sheets, three of which were in the playoffs. Friesen scored eight
 goals and three assists while Johnson scored a goal and an assist. 
Lubin started two games, one of which was a first round U.S. Open Cup 
match against Chivas-El Paso where he held the Patriots to no goals 
and made two saves in the penalty kick shootout. Brim was a starter 
for the first two years before successive back surgeries put him on 
the sidelines. He was an assistant coach last season.

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Bird’s Blog: Welcome to a new season

I’m excited to get the new season started. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

My name is Liviu Bird.

I’m a soccer player and journalism student. I grew up playing youth soccer in Fairbanks, Alaska. I played for the Alaska Northstars select team and Alaska Olympic Development Program 1990 team before moving to Seattle, Wash. for college. I played for two years at Highline Community College before transferring to Seattle Pacific University, from where I will be graduating in June.

I have played in the Premier Development League, and I have traveled to Europe with select teams of out-of-contract professionals three times. I trained with the Pumas in 2009, during the team’s first year, and I played on the reserve team in 2010. Last year, I played for the North Sound SeaWolves in Everett.

I’m also a writer. I plan on giving the professional soccer scene a shot before settling into a full-time writing gig somewhere. If you’re interested in reading more of my stuff, check out my blog. I also cover the Sounders for Prost Amerika, and I’m doing a sportswriting internship with the Bleacher Report from now until June.

Basically, I’m here for the fans. I’ll be here to give you an inside look at what we do on a daily basis with the Pumas. Game day is one thing, but our work goes far beyond that, as I’m sure you’re aware. I hope to be able to post at least once a week here.

Before I forget, I’d like to thank Jeff Graham, the hard-working Pumas beat writer for the Kitsap Sun, for letting me join him on the blog. Look out for a story from him in the next few days officially announcing who has signed for the club.

We start training on Monday, so you can expect stuff to start trickling into the blog next week. Until then, here’s how you can help me out: What do you want to know? Do you have any questions for me, other players, the coaching staff, or anybody else about anything? Leave a comment down below — if I get enough questions, I might have one weekly “mailbag” post, where I just answer reader questions.

For more of an insight into me, you can check out my writing all over the internet, or you can follow me on Twitter. I’m looking forward to a good season of soccer in Kitsap County, and I hope you’re as excited as I am.

Meeting for Pumas Supporter Groups

Just passing this information along….

There will be a Pumas Supporter Groups Preseason Planning Meeting on Saturday, 31 March at 1:00 PM at the Clubhouse Bar and Grill at 332 National Ave in West Bremerton. The previous 3 seasons, Pumas supporter groups led by the Hellcats: Kitsap Noise for Pumas Boys and Kitsap Pumas Elite have held various functions to support our team including “Man of the Match” goody bags, players’ feed picnic and an end-of-the season picnic. We would like to step it up a notch this season and would like your input on increasing match-day atmosphere and other activities for the players and in assisting team management in promoting our team. The Clubhouse is a grill so there is an all-ages area, so everyone is welcomed.

Pumas goalkeeper to double as blogger

Good morning everyone. Just wanted to say again that I’m stoked to get this blog finally up and running.

There will be more team news rolling in over the next week, but I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce the person who’ll be contributing to the blog this season. He’s a familiar name to many Pumas fans … goalkeeper Liviu Bird.

Liviu played with the Pumas during their inaugural season in the Premier Development League in 2009. He’s signed on with the club for this season.

I’ll let Liviu tell you more about himself (he’s planning to post over the next day or so). But he’ll be a great addition to the blog.  He knows more about soccer than I do (trust me) and can provide a unique perspective as someone who’ll be with the team on a regular basis.

That’s all for now. I am in desperate need of coffee.

New blog dedicated to Kitsap Pumas

If you’re reading this blog entry, it means you’re interested in reading about the Kitsap Pumas, the local professional soccer team. That’s great, because I’m interesting in writing about them (I also get paid to write about them — as well as other stuff — for the Kitsap Sun.

The start of the 2012 Premier Development League season is about five weeks away, so the Pumas are still in the process of signing players. Goalkeeper Dustyn Brim, who joined the team in 2009, is the first player to sign for the upcoming season. He signed last week. Pumas coach James Ritchie said he’ll have some more player signings to announce here in a few days.

That’s all for now, but I hope this blog will be informative to readers and fans of the team. I also hope to have one of Kitsap’s players on board as a contributing writer to the blog. Hope to announce who that is soon as well. Trust me, he’s a fine writer.

Until the next post, please pass the word.