Pumas, School District Finalize Deal; Seattle Wolves Join USL PDL

The Bremerton School Board has been preoccupied with issues about superintendent Betty Hyde of late, but it found time at a recent meeting to finalize the deal that will allow Robin Waite’s Kitsap Pumas to play soccer at Memorial Stadium.

Waite, in turn, can now finalize a deal with Daktronics for the video scoreboard that he will provide for the stadium. Waite said it’ll be the only one in the state of Washington.

Bremerton High will be able to use it for football, track and field, its own soccer games and create some income with flash ads, said Waite. It’ll be installed before the Pumas first USL Professional Developmental League game, sometime in May, and sit atop the existing scoreboard located

Meanwhile, the Pumas continue to search for a coach and have a line on a couple of players from the United Kingdom: One Scottish lad and one English, said Waite.

Waite said he interviewed a couple of coaching candidates, but they couldn’t “make it work from a logistics standpoint,” he said. One was from Federal Way, the other the eastside. Sounds like they were a couple of high-level ex-Sounders.

The Pumas also plan to hold a public tryout in early February, so it’s important to get a coach, and a couple of assistants on board. They’ll also hold closed tryouts for invitees

On the season ticket front, Waite said the club’s sold about 100 and he’s OK with that figure. In fact, he’s pleased. “We’ve sold a bunch of season tickets and that’s without a bunch of publicity and we don’t have any players yet.”

Season tickets, by the way, are going for $90 (covered grandstand), $75 (open grandstand) and $45 (end zones and family seating).

Call 360-377-6008 for your Pumas tickets.

The USL is suppose to release its PDL schedule on Wednesday. The identity of the new Seattle franchise that will be included in the Northwest division with the Pumas will be officially released at that time. Some think the Seattle Wolves, regarded as one of the top semi-pro outfits in North America, is the newest PDL franchise.

UPDATE: The Wolves made an announcement on Tuesday that they, indeed, are joining the USL. Its a joint venture with the Crossfire Premier Soccer Club. You can read about it here.

The Pumas and Vancouver Whitecaps Residency are the only professional teams in the PDL. The rest of the division includes the Seattle Wolves, Tacoma Tides, Victoria Highlanders, Yakima Reds, Spokane Spiders, Portland TImbers, Cascade Surge (Salem, Ore.) and Abbotsford (B.C.) Mariners

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