The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
In a brief Facebook post from the United Soccer Leagues Annual General Meetings the Kitsap Pumas have revealed that the PDL Northwest Division is again changing its playoff format.
“The schedule has been drawn and our first 4 games are on the road. There will be an extra game with Crossfire and Portland, only this year 2 of the games with Portland will be in Kitsap. Last game will be against the Sounders in Kitsap. All of this should lead up to a great finish. The league leader goes through while the 2nd and 3rd teams duke it out for the final spot.
We will be able to post the dates sometime in January.”
In 2012 the PDL NW used a four team playoff system where one played four and two played three for the right to move on to the Western Conference semifinals and finals. The Sounders U23 and Portland Timbers U-23′s made that trip after playoff wins over Washington Crossfire and the Kitsap Pumas.
The division has been willing to experiment over the years with who makes the playoffs. When the Kitsap Pumas entered the league in 2009 they won the division and played the winner of two versus three in the playoffs. Now the club owners are returning to that format.
As the post indicates, the 2013 PDL schedule should be made public sometime in January.
The Pumas’ first four matches are away. It brings to mind the hope the club has a for a new venue in 2013. Perhaps the early away matches would allow for a venue to be completed at Gordon Fields.