UPDATE: Kitsap wins 3-2 in thrilling fashion and will play in the U.S. Open Cup.
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As you may have heard by now, the Kitsap Pumas and Portland Timbers U23s will be allowed to play for the PDL Northwest Division’s berth into the U.S. Open Cup on the field. After finishing in a dead heat in qualifying, the two teams were going to be separated by a lottery tiebreaker, but Friday’s league match at JELD-WEN Field will now serve as the decider instead.
“Respecting the lottery system in place, we felt strongly that with the teams playing again on Friday it provided the opportunity to determine the winner on the field rather than in an office,” said USL President Tim Holt in a news release. “We’re looking forward to a playoff-type atmosphere on Friday as these two rivals vie for a spot in U.S. Soccer’s most storied competition.”
Added Pumas executive director Ben Pecora: “We’re pleased that this has been allowed to occur. It’s been a very hectic two days getting to this point, but it’s nice to know that the teams, the league and the Federation are all on the same page. Settling this on the field is the right thing to do.”
Kitsap has a few familiar players in goalkeeper Bryan Meredith (a 2011 Sounders FC draft pick), defender Dan Scott (Zach’s brother), forward Tye Perdido (former practice player) and midfielder Nik Besagno (a local product). Some of the recognizable names on Portland’s roster include: defender Sean Morris (a 2011 Sounders FC supplemental draft pick), midfielder Nick Palodichuk (academy product) and forward Brent Richards (UW star).
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— The Tacoma Tide fell to 0-2-2 this season after a 2-0 loss to Portland. The Yellows also added three players before a pair of matches this weekend in Canada: defender Vanya Popov, midfielder Facundo Dipascuale and left-sided player Michael Uyehara. Tacoma plays against the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency on Friday and then Abbotsford on Sunday.
— The Sounders Women earned their first win of the W-League, beating the Los Angeles Strikers 2-1 on the road Wednesday. Emily Hurd and Sophie Reiser scored for Seattle, which plays the Santa Clarita Blue Heat at 7 p.m. Friday. The team also signed local product Lindsay Elston late last month.
— There will be a viewing party to watch the U.S. men’s national team play Spain on Saturday. The event, hosted by the Seattle chapter of the American Outlaws, will be held at Golazo Energy headquarters at 714 E Pike. Admission for those 21+ folk wishing to drink is $10; it’s $3 for everyone else. There will be an opportunity to win prizes through a raffle. Half the money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit flood and tornado victims in the Midwest and South. The game starts at 1:30 p.m., but I couldn’t find in the release when doors open.
— Author Clare Meeker will have a handful of appearances around the state to discuss her children’s book “Soccer Dreams: Playing the Seattle Sounders FC Way”. A portion of book sales go toward helping kids attend SSFC youth camps.
1. June 17, 5 p.m., Village Books, Bellingham
2. June 18, 3 p.m., San Juan Island Library, Friday Harbor
3. June 26, 1 p.m., The Pro Shop at Qwest Field, Seattle
4. July 21, 7:30 p.m., Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island
— America SCORES Seattle has received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation to use towards an after-school program involving soccer and creative writing.