Pumas news: Hepple going, Tubaek coming?

Players on the Kitsap Pumas are always striving to play at a higher level.

It looks like midfielder Cameron Hepple will get that chance now.

Kitsap executive director Ben Pecora sent out a release today stating that Hepple’s rights have been sold to Albanian club KF Tirana. Hepple, who is currently playing in World Cup qualifier games for the Bahamas, will report to the club when his run with the national team has concluded.

From Pecora:

“Tirana has qualified for UEFA’s Europa League, meaning Cam will play against some of the most well-known clubs in Europe following the current round of qualifying for the Bahamas. What makes this equally important is that this is a purely cash sale — a rare occurrence for an American club. We wish this young man all the best as he has been a key contributor to our success in our very brief history.”

Hepple last played for the Pumas in their 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Open Cup last month. He scored a goal for the Bahamas in their recent WC qualifier win against Turks and Caicos.

If the Pumas are looking to replace Hepple, they may have already found their man in Danish midfielder Mark Tubaek. Tubaek was in Bremerton during training camp with the Pumas. He did not sign with the club but remained on Kitsap’s radar.

Pecora on Tubaek’s status: “It is club policy not to comment on unsigned players,” he said.

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