Bremerton, Wash. – The Kitsap Soccer Club will host the Portland Timbers professional soccer club – in Kitsap for five days this March and early April.
What the two organizations have been calling “Portland Week,” represents a ground-breaking approach to early season training in American soccer: Portland will bring it’s full roster and staff to Kitsap, use its time here for training, player evaluation, bonding and a joint scrimmage with Kitsap culminating with the Saturday, April 3 friendly vs. the Pumas – Kitsap’s first friendly of 2010.
The match will be played at Bremerton Memorial Stadium in Bremerton. Kickoff will be TBA. Current Season-Ticket holders will receive admittance as part of their 2010 packages. Individual ticketing will occur at the gate, prior to the match and on-line at a later date.
The night before the match – Friday, April 2, the two organizations will host the first-ever Kitsap Coaches’ Symposium at the Olympic Indoor Soccer Center from 7:30 – 9:30. Details and specifics of that event are forthcoming. Both of the professional clubs’ staves will lead the symposium, which is open to all coaches and players of all sports and disciplines. Entrance fee is $15.
“Portland Week” has been in the works since the middle of last summer when it became apparent that the two organizations shared similar visions and goals.
“Our relationship with Portland is excellent – we hold the Timbers and their fans in very high esteem,” said Pumas executive director Ben Pecora. “The opportunity to bring a new event to Kitsap that will spread out across the peninsula is something that will not only benefit both clubs but our region as well.”
2010 Pumas season-ticket holders will be admitted free to the friendly. Walk up/individual tickets will not become available for some time.
“We are pleased to continue to build on our positive relationship with the Kitsap Pumas,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers head coach and general manager. ” The environment in Kitsap will be excellent from both a training and competitive standpoint. Additionally, it will be very beneficial to end the trip with a quality game.”