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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.

Open Cup: Pumas/Sounders would be at Starfire

We knew the Kitsap Pumas had a chance to play the Seattle Sounders in the Open Cup if they can beat Real Colorado this Tuesday. Now that’s official.

The major question is where would the game be played? That’s official now too. You can look at the potential third-round matchups here. The game would be played at Starfire Sports Complex on June 29 at 7 p.m.

Pumas, Timbers to play for Open Cup berth

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.

Former Puma Abravanel in Los Angeles

He won’t be playing along side David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy, but former Kitsap Pumas player Leon Abravanel is a member of the Los Angeles Blues, who will make their debut in USL PRO this year.

Abravanel, who is listed as a defender on the Blues’ roster, played with Kitsap in 2009. He didn’t see much action until the end of the season, then had a tryout with Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake.

He’s the third former Kitsap player to land in USL PRO — a league two tiers below MLS and one tier above the Premier Development League, where the Pumas play — in recent weeks. Kitsap’s third-string goalie last season Derby Carrillo signed with New York, while 2010 defender Jamel Wallace signed with Richmond.

Abravanel, Carrillo and Wallace didn’t necessarily make a lot of noise during their time with Kitsap (Carrillo didn’t play at all and Wallace was a part-time starter toward the end of last season). But they’ve obviously done enough — and know enough of the right people — to get a chance to play with some bigger clubs.

It still makes me wonder why some of Kitsap’s more well-known players aren’t catching on at the next level. … Anybody???

All Quiet On the Pumas’ Front

For those like me who are waiting to hear who’ll be playing for the Kitsap Pumas this season, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer.
Kitsap executive director Ben Pecora told me today the team is still working on player signings — “negotiations are ongoing” — but there’s no news to report yet.
I’m guessing we’ll start getting some information next week. The team is scheduled the train Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which should give coach Peter Fewing some added time to look at some players.
Regarding the goalkeeping battle, it sounds like the Pumas are still deciding between Dustyn Brim and Garrett Staples. Both are overage players and the team can probably only afford to keep one of them.
I chatted with Staples briefly today. He said expects a decision to be made toward the end of training next week.
Staples said if he doesn’t make the squad over Brim, the team’s No. 1 keeper the past two seasons, he’d rather know sooner than later so he can explore other opportunities.
I’ve got a call in with defender Daniel Scott, who didn’t attend the team’s invitational tryout session last weekend at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island.
Scott recently tried out for NSC Minnesota of the North American Soccer League, but didn’t receive a contract offer.
Despite missing tryouts, it sounds like it’s still in the mix for Kitsap.

Tomahawks, Coach Jason Quinn Part Ways

The Puget Sound Tomahawks (1-32) and head coach Jason Quinn parted ways over the holiday break, the team said on Wednesday. The new coach is Evgueni Saidachev. Saidachev has been with the Tomahawks as an assistant coach since November.

Puget Sound has a 1-32 record and sits in last place in the West Division of the Nor-Pac Junior A hockey league.

I will be working on a follow-up story so check back for more information at

Pumas Schedule International Friendly Against 2nd Division English Club

The Kitsap Pumas announced Monday that the club will host Port Vale Football Club in an international friendly on July 19 at Memorial Stadium in Bremerton. The English club will also play the North Sound Sea Wolves, Tacoma Tide and Victoria Highlanders of the USL’s Premier Development League during its tour. The Sea Wolves are a first-year team from Everett.

Here’s the press release from the Pumas:
Bremerton, Wash. – The Kitsap Soccer Club (Pumas) today announced that it will host Port Vale Football Club, currently at the very top of the English Second Division, for an international “friendly” match July 19, 2010 at Bremerton Memorial Stadium. This will mark the first time a major European club has visited this community for a competitive match.

As part of Port Vale’s “Summer 2011 North American Tour,” it will also make other stops in the Pacific Northwest on July 12th 2011 for exhibition friendlies against the North Sound Sea Wolves (July 15), the Tacoma Tide (July 17) and Kitsap (July 19) before heading north to Canada playing the Victoria Highlanders (July 21.)

All four of Port Vale’s opponents compete in the Northwest Division (Western Conference) of the USL Premier Development League. The tour’s title sponsor has been announced as AMERITURF SYSTEMS (

Port Vale Chairman, Bill Bratt, stated earlier today: “A pre-season tour is a vital part of our preparations for the new season and we will be looking forward to top quality training facilities and conditions as well as some excellent competitive games – while our focus will on the forthcoming season we also see this as a great opportunity to build relationships with our host clubs off the field of play and hope that we will be able to establish some long-term partnerships in this part of the world – the game is such a global game now and it is vital that we ensure that we make the very most of this exciting opportunity”

“This is a great opportunity to play a high-level English side and see how we measure up,” said Pumas owner Robin Waite, “This will also be very interesting to the local community – especially the youth and adult players.”

Tim Hollinger, President Ameriturf Systems explains, “the continued growth of soccer in North America has seen our business diversify dramatically over the last few years and we are dedicated to support local and international initiatives especially those encouraging the development of “the beautiful game” at grass-roots level as well as clubs who strive to impact upon at-risk and disadvantaged communities through the power of the sport – following on from our strategic partnerships in South America we are now excited at building a long term relationship with our new friends over the pond as well as those host clubs closer to home in Washington and across the border in British Columbia”

Port Vale formed in 1876 (around the time of the Gold Rush) have perhaps struck gold themselves as they will be touring North America for the first time in their 135-year history.

For more details:

“Bringing high-level international clubs to Kitsap has been a major objective for us since Day One,” said Kitsap Pumas executive director Ben Pecora. “This is a critical element in improving not only the play of our boys and the kids in our community, but these friendlies also provide a great chance to show our fans and the community as high a level of our sport as possible.”

Ticket pricing and on-sale dates will be announced shortly.

For further information, please visit the Pumas’ website or call Ben Pecora at 360-377-6008.

Pumas Coach a Candidate for UW Job?

There’s been speculation that Kitsap Pumas coach Peter Fewing might be a candidate for men’s soccer coach at University of Washington. The position became vacant Sunday following the resignation of Dean Wurzberger.
The school said a national search for Wurzberger’s replacement would begin immediately, and at least two Seattle news sources — including Prost Amerika Soccer — say that Fewing could be a candidate.
Several phone messages left for Fewing were unreturned.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to a Seattle Times column that says Fewing’s the right man for the UW job.