Well, it’s official. The Kitsap Pumas and Portland Timbers will play to gain entry into the U.S. Open Cup.
Both teams were tied after four qualifying games and the league was scheduled to hold a lottery early today to decide which team would earn the Cup berth. But Kitsap proposed that Friday’s regularly-scheduled PDL game be used as a tiebreaker — and the Timbers and the United Soccer Leagues signed off on it.
Here’s the first part of a press release sent out by the USL within the past hour:
TAMPA, Fla. – The U.S. Open Cup qualifying spot for the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League’s Northwest Division will be decided on the field this Friday, June 3 when the Kitsap Pumas travel to face the Portland Timbers U23s in a regularly scheduled PDL game at JELD-WEN Field.
The winner-take-all match is set to kick off at 11 a.m. PT, with the outcome determining who advances to the first round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In the event of a tie, the teams will decide the qualifying spot via penalty kicks. At the request of USL and the two teams involved, U.S. Soccer has granted an extension on its qualification deadline to allow the Northwest Division qualifier to be determined on the field.