Monthly Archives: March 2013

Latest on Pumas and Gordon Field

Spoke with Kitsap Pumas owner Robin Waite and Kitsap County Parks and Recreation director Jim Dunwiddie on Wednesday. It sounds like a contract enabling the Pumas to use Gordon Field as their home venue is being reviewed and could be close to being approved.

Waite said a new press box and a new scoreboard are two things still being discussed. It sounds like the Pumas are going to be on the hook for the (hopefully mobile) press box, while the county would be responsible for the scoreboard (Dunwiddie said one of his staff met with a scoreboard company who’d be willing to pay for the scoreboard in exchange for having its name on it).

The county has already moved the fencing that bordered the far sideline in preparation for temporary seating (bleachers) to be transferred there.

The Pumas have three scrimmages scheduled for Gordon Field in April. The team opens with five road games before playing its first home game June 1.

Former Pumas assistant coach Chapman returning

Just got off the phone with Pumas coach James Ritchie, who’s been busy trying to put pieces together to form Kitsap’s 2013 Premier Development League squad. Kitsap has signed three players — defenders Alex Rodriguez and Ben Gardea and midfielder Neil Schaffer — and expects to have veterans Kyle Johnson, Zack Sampson and Dustyn Brim to return as well.

Among the players who won’t be returning are four-year starter Steve Mohn, a defender who’ll be playing for Northwest Division rival Sounders U23 this season. Mohn will join former Kitsap backliner Mark Lee, who played for Kitsap from 2009-11.

A familiar face who is returning is Andrew Chapman. The Peninsula Community College men’s soccer coach was an assistant with the Pumas from 2009-10 and will serve as Ritchie’s assistant this season. One of last year’s assistants Justin Stoddard won’t be back.