The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
BREMERTON, WA— The Kitsap Pumas are the top cats in Puget Sound when it comes to local derbies. The Kitsap gang took the Narrows Bridge Bell against Tacoma Tide FC in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Last year they won the inaugural Ruffneck Cup in a four-team Puget Sound derby with the Sounders U23s, North Sound SeaWolves and Washington Crossfire.
The schedule has been kind to the Ruffneck Cup this season. The last match in the series will also be the decider. After North Sound and Crossfire give us a taster on Friday, the Pumas and Sounders U23 will give us the main course on Saturday July 13 at 7 PM at the Pumas’ home park of Gordon Field. A Pumas win or tie and they repeat. A Sounders U23 win and they take the trophy.
In an “instant classic” the two clubs fought to a 3:3 draw earlier this season.
Today the Ruffneck Cup got all ribboned up for a photo shoot. See a complete gallery at Facebook.com/goalWA.
goalWA.net announced earlier this week that on match night only the trophy will be presented. Scarves will come later after working on a design with the winning club.
The U23s are doing their part to spread the word about the Cup. See a release from them below.
On Saturday night in Kitsap, the Sounders FC U-23 can win the 2013 Ruffneck Cup with a win over the Kitsap Pumas. To add to the drama, if the Pumas win or tie, they’ll take the cup. Kickoff is 7pm at Gordon Park Field.
The Ruffneck Cup is a yearly competition between the four PDL clubs located around the Puget Sound. The Sounders U-23, Kitsap Pumas, North Sound SeaWolves and Washington Crossfire all compete within the Premier Development league with the head to head meetings counting toward the Ruffneck Cup table.
The Pumas have played five of their six Ruffneck Cup matches and have yet to lose, going 3-0-2 and earning 11 points. The SeaWolves gave it a late-season go but are eliminated from the Cup. The only club standing in the way of a Pumas Derby repeat is the Sounders U23. The two clubs meet on July 13 at Gordon Field in the final 2013 Ruffneck Cup match. Whomever wins that one takes the trophy. For the Pumas, a draw would also secure the cup. The U23′s and Pumas played to a wild 3:3 draw in May in Tacoma.