Kitsap Pumas

Pumas pull out of PASL playoffs

The University of Washington women's basketball team plays #3 Stanford at Alaska Airlines Arena on February 9, 2014

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Not the Kitsap Pumas. In a season which already defies belief, the latest snafu for the Premier Arena Soccer League Northwest Conference came on Monday night when the Kitsap Pumas announced they would not be playing in the NW Finals this coming Saturday at the Tacoma Galaxy in a match posted earlier on the league website. Fans, players and opponents immediately began a social media free-for-all speculation on why the Pumas were dropping out. No one seems to believe the rational that it is injuries.

The real truth is closer to the notion that Kitsap owner Robin Waite is tiring of the indoor sport, but especially of the politics of the PASL. Some of that comes out in the club release posted below:

The Kitsap Pumas’ indoor season ended without a chance at a national title.

Owner Robin Waite said the team would not play against Tacoma due to not having enough players available via injury or prior commitments.

“Four of the players are coaching in tournaments that they can’t miss that we did not know about beforehand,” he said.  ”Two of our players also suffered injuries from the match against Yamhill.  The indoor playoffs are also conflicting for our first team agenda as well, which takes priority.”

He said he was disappointed that they could not host the match as well.

“We had the best record.” he said. “We had the most total points and we had the biggest goal differential. We are happy to finish the season with a win and knowing that we had the most wins of the season.”

Interim indoor head coach Matt Friesen was also frustrated and unsatisfied that they could not compete for a title.

“It’s unfortunate that we are unable to play the game,” he said. “I have talked to all the boys and to say they are disappointed would be an understatement. They all worked hard throughout the season and made large commitments working towards a goal. We came very close to achieving step one of our goal which was winning the league and head to Chicago. They all wanted the chance to prove their ability against Tacoma and I liked our chances in that game.

“Lastly I feel bad for the fans who supported us throughout the season. This would’ve been one of the more tightly contested matchups of the season and fittingly so for a final. I think everyone loses here.”

Now the Pumas can concentrate on their increasingly lucrative youth academy and the upcoming outdoor season while at the same time stiffing the PASL for not awarding them the home match and making sure they won’t incur travel expenses to nationals in Chicago.

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14 thoughts on “Pumas pull out of PASL playoffs

  1. “Now the Pumas can concentrate on their increasingly lucrative youth academy and the upcoming outdoor season while at the same time stiffing the PASL for not awarding them the home match and making sure they won’t incur travel expenses to nationals in Chicago.”

    Bingo.

    • Owner Waite described it as’really taking off and requiring more and more of the club’s attention. Maybe “growing” is a better word.

  2. Robin, many of us fans do know of the issues with the Tacoma owner and that is understandable. If this is about arguing over location of the game, then how about a compromise? The national tournament for PASL has 2 18-minute halfs during the group play. So how about that. Play 2 18-minute halves in Tacoma on like on Thursday or Friday night and then 2 18-minute halves in Bremerton on Sunday or Monday night with total goals taking the Championship. If tied at the end of that, then a 5 minute sudden death overtime. If no one scores then go to shootout.

    If you do not want to spend the $$ to send the team to Chicago when the Pumas were to win this game, then fine, let Tacoma represent the Northwest, (although they would probably have to borrow $$ from the league or have the league pay for it). But still play this game! It looks like you are trying to save face when many of the fans and even the players do not buy into the reasons given in the team’s press release. A compromise such as I propose above would be better than further alienating fans and players.

  3. Kitsap did not have the best record and only had more points because their division played two more games. Tacoma didn’t lose any games and Kitsap lost twice.

    The funniest thing in all this is in the comments that Scott Ludwig thinks anyone in PASL-Premier management gets “paid a LOT of money”.

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  5. Now the game is being played after all. I’m sure Goal WA will post a retraction.

    “The real truth is closer to the notion that Kitsap owner Robin Waite is tiring of the indoor sport, but especially of the politics of the PASL.”

    From all the comments and evidence it appears the “real truth” is that Waite doesn’t want to pay to fly his team to Chicago.

    Don’t let that get in the way of your anti-PASL-Premier agenda.

    • The match you refer is a ‘friendly’ that has nothing to do with the playoffs. In fact, it makes this whole thing even *more* silly. Retraction? You can’t make stuff like this up. REPEAT: NOT a playoff match. But somehow the club is now “able” to play a “friendly” that does not include the risk of travel money. Retraction? Maybe on your post…

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  7. Wow you really have blinders on. You extrapolated (perhaps wishful thinking on your part) that the Pumas opted out of the payoff game because “Waite is tiring of the indoor sport, but especially of the politics of the PASL.”

    This had nothing to do with politics. Waite doesn’t want to fly to Chicago. And that’s perfectly understandable. It is a large expense and the league makes it optional.

    It’s only a “friendly” now because if Kitsap wins they still aren’t going to Chicago.

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