How ‘Bout Those Pumas?

I wasn’t able to make it to Saturday’s friendly at Bremerton Memorial Stadium,  but the Kitsap Pumas’ 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers seemed pretty significant to me. This is the same Timbers’ side that beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 and tied the San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 earlier. The Timbers also beat the Vacnouver Whitecaps 2-0.

The Whitecaps, like the Timbers, will be joining the Sounders in Major League Soccer in 2011.

So you’ve got to tip your cap to the Pumas, a USL Premier Development club that’s making significant strides in its second season. They’ll be in action again Saturday at Bainbridge High, taking on Gonzaga University in another friendly at 1 p.m.

There’s people out there who know soccer a lot better than I do. I’d be interesting in hearing your thoughts on Kitsap’s second-year pro team. How much better are they than a year ago?

And while I’m at it, here’s a story on “footballer” David Gray, a Kitsap midfielder from Scotland who hasn’t arrived yet. The story in the East Kilbridge News points out that the Pumas play their home matches “in the village of Bremerton.”

Gray, a promising 21-year-old who’s looking forward to coming to the state, said: “The team plays at the local college stadium, which is well taken care of, but they have big plans to build a stadium and training facilities in the coming years so that excites me.

“They are a small club that are going to get bigger in years to come. They are based in a really nice small town with a lot crammed into a small place. …”

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