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.