Monthly Archives: April 2012

Pumas blank Trinity Lutheran, update roster

Watched most of the Pumas’ preseason game against Trinity Lutheran on Tuesday morning at Gordon Field. Kitsap won 5-0. Enrigue Hidalgo and Felipe Heridia each had two goals, while Kyle Johnson added another. Goalkeeper duties were split by Dustyn Brim (first half) and Zac Lubin (second half).

Regarding roster news, Eder Guzman and Zack Sampson, a North Kitsap graduate, have signed, meaning 20 players are now under contract. They are listed below:

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Bird’s Blog: Goalie-itis

Hello. My name is Liviu, and I’m a goalkeeper.

There’s nothing I can do about it now. I’ve been in this position for too long.

It all started when I was 10, and my coach asked for volunteers for somebody to throw themselves in front of the ball instead of jumping out of the way like most kids. They gave me a pair of gloves and told me to do my best.

Then they left me alone to defend an eight-yard-by-eight-foot white box.

I never quite went off the deep end, like Canadian Tino Lettieri when he started keeping a stuffed parrot in his goal and talking to it during games. I’m not sure how much Ozzie helped Tino stop shots, but you couldn’t get him away from his parrot for anything.

Superstitions have never really been my thing. I don’t believe that I have to do everything a certain way or I’ll lose. It just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

But I am prone to suffering my own bouts of goalie-itis. This condition causes bouts of erratic behavior, odd personality ticks and teammates’ avoidance.

Hockey goalie Bobby Goepfert personifies it best. Check out his Twitter timeline for some gems from the last couple days.

Soccer goalkeepers are especially prone to the symptom of craziness. Check out Jeremie Janot.

Immensely talented, immensely crazy. In some cases, there is a direct correlation between how nuts a goalkeeper is and how successful he is.

Or not. How should I know?

I have goalie-itis. And there is no cure.

Pumas beat Peninsula, lose old kits

Pumas beat Peninsula CC 7-1 on Saturday in their third preseason game. No big surprise there. Matt Friesen and Ben Truax handled the scoring load, while goalkeepers Zac Lubin and Dustyn Brim split halves again. A nice, sunny day all around.

Saturday was also the first time many fans saw the Pumas’ new jerseys. I must say, I liked the look/design of the old ones better.

These ones by Admiral — how do I put this — look a little cheap (my wife had the same thought). No prime sponsor on the front (Windermere had been displayed across the chest on shirts the last three two seasons, but its primary sponsorship deal with the team ended in 2011. No player names on the back is also new, but I guess it makes it easier for the jerseys to be used in future seasons. Also, is it me, or is the blue a slightly different shade too? And some of the numbers on the back (black?) look sorta weird.

I hear the road jerseys are similar to the home ones, but are yellow. Yellow?

This is going to take some getting used to. But I guess change is the theme for the 2012 season. The Pumas have a new coach, new kits, a bevy a new players, and a new goal — defending a PDL title.

Taylor Hyde did comment about these jerseys being a lot more comfortable than the old ones, which were more restrictive. Comfort, that’s the most important thing….right?

What do you guys think?

Bird’s Blog: Pumas players are a little different

In the second week of preseason, we finally got a chance to kick somebody other than ourselves by playing a couple of real-life games. We won one and tied one.

While it would have been nice to get two wins, it would feel kind of strange to have an overly successful preseason with the Pumas because the team hasn’t had a great record in any preseason so far. But last year, the team did OK despite the slow start, so we’re not ready to hit the panic button just yet.

Preseason games give teams two real benefits above all others: Chances to play together and get to know one another as players, and opportunities to get up to game fitness. Now is the time to put in the hard work so that we are still going strong in late July and early August.

It’s a little different on this team than it is on any other team we’ve played on before. Yes, we’re a professional club, but it’s no secret that nobody on the team makes Mario Balotelli’s salary. Everybody has second (and sometimes third) jobs.

In college, teams often report to training camp before school even starts. At Seattle Pacific, we go to camp around Aug. 15 every year, and school doesn’t start until Sept. 25 or so. That allows us to have two sessions a day for a couple weeks. The school pays for room and board during that time, so we just focus on playing.

Here, two-a-days are out of the question. We train once a day, but we can go 100 percent in that session because we don’t have to worry about saving ourselves for a second session in one day, which is nice. So our schedule has its benefits as well as its drawbacks.

This is real life now. For some of the guys on the Pumas, college soccer was years ago. We have to support ourselves somehow.

However, we still get to play the game and earn a paycheck for it. Even though times can get tough financially, we still love it. It takes a different sort of passion to play for fractions of the money the Lionel Messis of the world earn — and most players (especially in USL and NASL, and, to a lesser extent, MLS) will never get above this level.

Still, it’s hard to complain.

Pumas tie Bellingham in second preseason game

The Kitsap Pumas tied Bellingham 1-1 on Saturday in the team’s second preseason match. Kyle Johnson scored for Kitsap, which led 1-0 at halftime. Dustyn Brim started in goal for the Pumas, while Zac Lubin played in the second half.

Coach James Ritchie said he changed his team’s formation in the second half and did some other experimenting with the lineup.

“This is the time to do it,” he said.

Ritchie said Bellingham scored in the second half on a “badly defended free kick.”

Kitsap has three more preseason games before their PDL opener May 4 at Vancouver:

April 21: Peninsula CC at Kitsap (Gordon Field)

April 24: Trinity Lutheran at Kitsap (Gordon Field)

April 29: Kitsap at St. Martins