by David Falk
I promised myself I was going to leave the latest low-hanging PASL fruit for someone else to pick. Then a content-challenged reader went and posted in the comments section here.
So let’s be clear (can we be, because perhaps the Pumas are re-writing the script as we speak) that according to the Kitsap Soccer Club they will:
“Thanks to some last minute negotiations, we will play the Tacoma Galaxy in a friendly next Saturday at the Pacific Sports Center at 8:30 p.m.
So spread the word, then come on down and cheer your Pumas on!” (Facebook).
Hey, it’s amateur hour, I mean sports, so the Pumas can do whatever they want. That includes making even more of a laughing stock out of their playoff exit excuses by turning around and playing a ‘friendly’ against the team they just refused to play.
I like what the Pumas stand for, which (I hope) is local soccer club culture and the American Dream of players going pro and a club going “up the ladder.”
This last week was tough on their reputation, though. They let down their players with an ill-timed Facebook post that reportedly caught them out of the blue. Then they followed up with this.
Now the latest joke is actually playing a knock-off version of the match, one in which the outcome has no meaning and one in which the Galaxy would be dumb to play their best players.
A Pumas superfan posted a long rant a few weeks ago about the club. She’s warming up to the idea that things are getting better with the Pumas.
Do I have an “anti-PASL agenda?” Sure, if the PASL is messing up our clubs. Do I have an “anti-Pumas agenda?” That would be a stretch. But when a week like this happens, so ripe in satire and befuddlement, as a commentator on our state soccer scene, it’s got to get a mention. Or two.
Let’s hope this is the end of it.
But don’t misplace that red marker.