For $5, You’ll Find Yourself Right in the Game With the PumasJune 16th, 2009 by cstark
I was at the Pumas-Timbers U.S. Open Cup match last week and I
have hard time believing 2,100-plus fans were at Bremerton Memorial
Stadium, but that’s what they announced.
Inflated or not, it was a sizeable crowd. And the Pumas are drawing better than a lot of people expected. They say they’re averaging 1,308 fans for home matches. That’s a tribute to owner Robin Waite, executive director Ben Pecora, staff and the product they’ve put on the field. the Pumas, leading the Northwest Division of the USL Premier Development League, are currently just one of just seven unbeaten teams left among the 68 participating in the PDL’s 68-team circuit.
If you haven’t been to a game, I’d encourage it. The Pumas host Victoria Highlanders on Friday at 7 p.m. and Vancouver Residency on Sunday at 1 p.m.. You can’t beat the $5 end zone seats. It’s like being ringside at a boxing match where the blood and sweat is splattering all over people. OK, it’s not quite like that, but you really get a feel for how physical soccer can be. It’s like you’re part of the game. Sitting in the third row, I made a couple saves the other night on shots that were wide of the goal.
I’d be curious what others think about the Pumas. Is the product better than anticipated? Do you think the team will win the Northwest Division? Who’s your favorite player? How about their tactics? Do you like the style of Kitsap’s professional soccer club?
As for those attendance figures, David Falk of the Seattle Examiner breaks down the Northwest Division’s numbers. The Pumas currently rank No. 2 in the league behind Victoria, another first-year franchise. Both teams have a desire to become part of a USL D2 league on the west coast. Click on this link to read Falk’s story. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-413-Seattle-Soccer-Examiner~y2009m6d16-Northwest-PDL-attendance-numbers-boosted-by-Kitsap-and-Victoria