And I’m not talking about the Portland Timbers U23 team, either. I’m talking about the Portland Timbers of the United Soccer Leagues’ first division. They are the Pumas’ reward for qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and pro teams played every year in this country.
To quote Kitsap executive director Ben Pecora, the early rounds of the Cup basically pit “David and Goliath” against each other to see if the small guys can compete. Major League Soccer teams enter the 40-team tournament following the second round. By then, nearly all of the lower-level teams have been cleaned out, but on occasion, a smaller pro team pulls off a couple upsets and makes things interesting.
While the later rounds are typically dominated by the bigger teams, the early rounds are all about the little guy getting a shot at the big time. In this case, Kitsap gets a shot to upset a follow Pacific Northwest team in its own backyard. The game will be played June 9 at 7 p.m. at Bremerton Memorial Stadium.
Plan on joining me there?