Pumas Sign Eight
Bremerton, Wash. — The Kitsap Soccer Club today announced the signing of eight players – a major step toward finalizing its 2010 roster. The signees include goalkeepers Derby Carrillo and Garrett Staples; defender Jamel Wallace; midfielders David Gray, Jason Cascio, John Fishbaugher and Greg Miley; and forward Tye Perdido.
“One of our prime objectives this off-season was to improve the overall quality of our roster and to significantly increase competition in training- and we believe we’ve accomplished that,” said Pumas executive director Ben Pecora. “This was no small feat, as our whole staff – led by the coaching staff – was involved in scouting across the globe. Now it’s up to the boys on the field to make it all come to fruition.”
Carrillo and Staples add depth to an already stellar goalkeeping unit led by 2009 all-leaguer and returning starter Dustyn Brim. Carrillo, 22, arrives at Kitsap by way of St. John’s University in New York, where he led the Red Storm to a Big East Tournament championship in 2009 and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Defender.
Staples joins the club after starting four seasons in goal at Concordia University and logging one season with the Portland Timbers U23 club.
“This goalkeeping unit surely ranks amongst the strongest in our league,” said Pumas goalkeeping coach James Ritchie. “We have added significant depth here. They’re all really good lads as well.”
Wallace, 22, a defender who has also played in the midfield, was selected by the Seattle Sounders FC in the third round of the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The 6’1″ standout made all-conference last season at San Diego State University.
The addition of the four midfielders dramatically solidifies the middle-third of the field for the Pumas. Gray and Miley, both 21, each have extensive playing experience in Europe. Gray won a National Cup with the Scottish club Kilbirnie Ladeside. Mileywas invited to play for the Queens Park Rangers FC Centre of Excellence in England as a fourteen-year-old, and most recently was a two-year all-conference player for UC-Colorado Springs.
Joining the duo are Cascio and Fishbaugher.
Cascio is a proven winner; earning a Division II national championship in 2004 under first-year Pumas coach Peter Fewing. He was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2006. Fishbaugher, hailing from Redmond, is another Seattle University alum who started four straight seasons for the Redhawks under Fewing.
Perdido was a Sounders FC trialist who played at Gonzaga University. A physical forward from Hawaii, the 6’1″ Perdido appeared in every Bulldogs match over his sophomore and junior seasons.
Radio Broadcast Update: The Pumas “Coaches’ Show” continues each Thursday evening on local station KITZ AM 1400 from 7 – 7:30 p.m. The team kicks off its LIVE match broadcast schedule Saturday with the Yakima match.
Covering the broadcast will be Chris Hester on play-by-play and former Major League Soccer great Wade Webber on color commentary.
This will be the duo’s second season bringing the matches to Kitsap and beyond.
“We believe our broadcast team ranks amongst the best in the business – regardless of league,” said Pecora. “It’s pretty amazing that a third-division club is investing in radio in and of itself. We feel radio is a critical element toward building our vision of this club in this community. These two bring a credibility and an ambiance that is absolutely top-notch.”
The club opens its regular season at the Yakima Reds at 7 p.m. this Saturday night. The club’s regular-season home opener against the Tacoma kicks off at 7:30 p.m. May 15 at Bremerton Memorial Stadium.
Pro-Youth Tryouts: Reminder – the Pumas 2010 Pro-Youth Academy tryouts begin this coming Sunday, May 2 in Bremerton – check the website for further details. This is a supplemental youth training program led by the professional players and coaches of the Pumas.
For the full schedule please visit the team’s website at www.kitsapsoccerclub.com. Season, group, individual and flex ticket packages are now on sale for as little as only $25 for a full-season children’s pass. These and all 2010 ticket packages may also be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets or by contacting team headquarters AT (360) 377-6008.
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Pumas/Harrison Medical Center Pro-Youth Academy Tryouts Renew This Sunday, May 2 in Bremerton
Bremerton, Wash. – Tryouts for the 2010 Kitsap Pumas Pro-Youth Academy, presented by Harrison Medical Center, kick off this Sunday at noon at Bremerton’s former East High on Wheaton Way.
The Pro Youth program is built as a supplement to existing club programs. Teams will be comprised of players from across the peninsula and will be trained once-weekly by the professional players and coaches of the Kitsap Pumas.
This year-round program is supplemental training for young players wholly dedicated to the game and seeking the highest-level of professional training yet available in the region.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for the youngsters of Kitsap to receive the highest-possible level of training,” said Kitsap Soccer Club Youth Development Director James Ritchie. “We hope this program will expand over the years and will become a direct link to the Pumas’ first team.”
Cost for those earning a position on the Pro-Youth teams is $300 per player, excluding tournament fees. Players will receive an official Pumas Team Kit (jersey, shorts, socks) a 2010 Season Ticket and more!
“These will be twelve weeks of sessions (most likely Wednesday nights at this point), said Pumas Youth Development Director James Ritchie. “After that for the U18’s we will have more sessions scattered through the winter and also college showcases. Also, all players have their profiles placed online with our newest team sponsor Sportsworx. This profile will go out to a large number of college coaches from all over the USA.”
Here is the tryout schedule as of this afternoon:
— Girls U17 – May 2, 2010 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Bremerton Jr High field (off Wheaton Way behind Albertson’s)
— Boys U12/13 & Girls U13/14 – May 16,2010 – 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at Bremerton Memorial High School Stadium (1500 13th St)
— Boys U17/18 & Boys 15/16 – May 16,2010-4:00 pm -6:00 pm at Bremerton Memorial High School Stadium (1500 13th St)
— Boys U12/13 & Girls U13/14 – May 23,2010 – 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at Bremerton Memorial High School Stadium (1500 13th St)
— Boys U17/18 & Boys 15/16 – May 23,2010-4:00 pm -6:00 pm at Bremerton Memorial High School Stadium (1500 13th St)
To Register for the tryouts, please visit: http://kitsapsoccerclub.wufoo.com/forms/try-out-for-the-pumas-pro-youth-academy/
Notes: There is no registration fee but every player must sign a waiver. Visit the club website (www.kitsapsoccerclub.com) and fill out a waiver in advance of arrival, if possible.
Players must arrive 15 minutes prior to tryout times and be fully registered on-site.
Camps! Register Now!!! Pumas youth camp registrations are now underway for all ages. One of the Pumas’ long-term goals is to one day house players on our roster that are not only local, but have come through our academy and camp system.
The Pumas aim is to provide quality coaching to as many young players on the peninsula, regardless of age, gender, ability or club status. Together with our highly qualified coaching staff, first team players will help pass their skills and knowledge onto the future generation of Soccer stars.
The Pumas Pro-Youth Academy strives to ensure players enjoy a fast-paced, fun, learning environment through structured sessions and pre-planned material.
Camps for 2010 will be held in Bremerton, Tracyton, Bainbridge Island, Olympic Peninsula, North Kitsap as well as advanced field and goalkeeping camps. More are being added weekly.
Cost is $100 per five-day camp and scholarships are available in limited instances. Team sessions and clinics, individual training and coaching clinics are also available and led by the professional players and coaches of the Pumas.
For additional information and to register, please visit the club’s official website at www.kitsapsoccerclub.com.