Ruffneck Scarves and goalWA.net are teaming up to honor PDL soccer in Puget Sound with a derby cup for the winner of the season series between the four local clubs.
Official Ruffneck Cup Press Release
Port Orchard, Washington—Today goalWA.net and Ruffneck Scarves announce the establishment of a new cup competition featuring all of the state of Washington’s Premier Development League clubs. The Ruffneck Cup will be awarded to the team that earns the most standings points against its rivals during the 2012 regular PDL season. Besides hoisting a trophy the winning side will also receive Ruffneck Championship scarves and be the guest of a local pub for a celebration dinner.
“Ruffneck Scarves is very excited about getting involved with another great Northwest soccer rivalry and tradition,” says founder Jeff McIntyre. “We are always looking at ways we can get involved in our local soccer community, and what better way to show our support than to sponsor a local Puget Sound derby amongst four clubs that promote player development with a high level of competition.”
The Ruffneck Cup will feature the defending PDL National Champion Kitsap Pumas out of Bremerton, Sounders U-23s out of South Sound, the North Sound SeaWolves out of Edmonds, and Washington Crossfire out of Redmond. All four clubs have given their blessing to the new competition.
Washington soccer news, video, photo and feature website www.goalWA.net joins Ruffneck Scarves in sponsoring and promoting the competition. The site will keep the official cup standings and continue its tradition of coverage of the state’s neighborhood soccer clubs.
“It shows a great soccer community spirit to be able to honor these rivalries with a cup celebration,” notes goalWA.net owner David Falk. “Ruffneck Scarves is leading the way with their generous support, and we think local fans, players, coaches and clubs are going to enjoy the new competition this spring and summer.”
The inaugural match in the 2012 Ruffneck Cup is tentatively scheduled for the third week in May when the Sounders U23s cross the Narrows Bridge to play Kitsap. The 2012 Premier Development League regular season schedule will be released shortly. Soon after goalWA.net will post a full schedule of matches that count towards the 2012 Ruffneck Cup.
A round trip “as the crow flies” between all four clubs adds up to approximately 93 miles. Via car around the Sound fans can easily see away matches in a same-day trip. Bremerton and Tacoma are approximately 24 miles apart. Redmond and Edmonds are 15 miles away from each other. Ferry boats connect east and west.
Ruffneck Scarves is the official scarf supplier of Major League Soccer and has its home online at www.RuffneckScarves.com. goalWA.net (“goal-wah-dot-net”) is a local online soccer hub connected through social media and has its home base at www.goalWA.net.
The top developmental men’s league in North America, the PDL features over 70 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.