The Kitsap Pumas have had a busy week announcing player signings for their upcoming PDL season and revealing their pre-season schedule.
It was a frustrating time for Chuy Sanchez to sit on the sideline last season.
While he had to wait for his paperwork to be processed, he was forced to watch instead of being out on the field mixing it up with his teammates.
Now that he has his work permit, he can finally get to play for the Kitsap Pumas and show off his skills.
The 23-year-old from California became the first signing of the outdoor team Tuesday, pending USSF approval.
New head coach Andrew Chapman said he’s happy to finally get Sanchez out on the field.
“We recruited him last year, but unfortunately because of league rules we couldn’t actually sign him,” he said. “Now we can and we are very excited about what this young man will bring to the team. Chuy is a fantastic player that controls the middle of the field and the flow of the game. He looks to create not only for himself but for his teammates. Chuy was on the MLS watch list last year and in the top 10 for graduating attacking mids. He will be a lot of fun to watch and will bring a new dynamic to the team that we need.”
Sebastiaan Jansen-forward, Joe Rayburn-goalkeeper, Justin Ortinau-forward, Kevin Finlayson-right back / winger
The Kitsap Pumas announced four more signings to the PDL team today. All are pending USSF approval.
Returning for another season is Sebastiaan “Seb” Jansen. The 22-year-old forward played in 13 games for Kitsap last season.
“We are happy to bring Sebastiaan Jansen back,” head coach Andrew Chapman said. “Seb helped to combine for six goals last season. He has a great work rate up front and attacks the ball with tremendous force. He gets to loose balls and forces the other teams defense to panic.”
Also signed was Joe Rayburn, a goalkeeper from Pacific Lutheran University, a Division III university in Tacoma. The 6-4, 205 pound native of Portland, Ore. earned NSCAA All-West Region first team honors and All-Northwest Conference first team honors this past season as he started 19 games in goal, giving up just .91 goals a game while making 68 saves for a .791 save percentage and notching seven clean sheets. He helped the Lutes to go 12 games without a loss to open the season and a top five ranking in the NSCAA/Continental Tires top 25 poll, the highest in school history.
“Joe is a big strong goalkeeper,” Chapman said. ”He has very strong hands and does a great job of covering the goal. He is a true shot stopper that likes to compete.”
Another signing, Justin Ortinau, hails from Quincy University, a NCAA Division II school in Quincy, Ill. The 5-11, 165 pound native of St. Louis, Mo. scored two goals and had eight assists for the Hawks. He previously played the last three years at Regis University in Denver, Colo. scoring eight goals and 18 assists in his time there.
“Justin is a defensive midfielder that likes to sit in the middle of the field and win balls and distribute,” Chapman said. ” He sees the field well and does a fantastic job of breaking the other teams attack up.”
The Pumas also signed Kevin Finlayson, a 5-11 right back/winger from Glasgow, Scotland. The 34-year-old has played for Greenock Morton in the Scottish Second Division and Ross County and Queen’s Park of the Scottish Third Division. He’ll play and work with the youth program as well.
“Kevin is a hugely experienced player, having played over 350 professional games in Scotland and is an exciting addition to our squad for this year,” assistant coach Cammy MacDonald said. “I have played against him many times and know exactly what qualities he will bring to the team. Alongside playing, Kevin is an excellent coach and I’m happy to have him available to work with the players in our youth academy.”
Cory Keitz-centerback, Craig Rodgers-midfielder / defender
The Kitsap Pumas have signed two more players to contracts for the upcoming season pending USL and USSF approval.
Joining the squad is Cory Keitz, a centerback who last played for Dandenong City SC, a team based out of Melbourne in Australia. He is originally from Armada, Mich. and is a 2011 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a Division I school in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
“Cory is a very strong smart central defender,” head coach Andrew Chapman said. “He is a true leader in the back and his teammates around him listen and respect him. He will bring a high level of experience to what is shaping up to be a young team.”
Also joining the team is Craig Rodgers, a midfielder/defender who last played for the Springfield Demize, a PDL club based out of Springfield, Mo. He played in seven games and had one assist last season. He graduated from Oral Roberts University and is a native of Liverpool, England.
“It’s not too often that you get a 6-4 outside back,” Chapman said. ” Craig is very good in the air and can tackle but he really likes to get involved in the attack. He has a fantastic left foot and can strike the ball on frame from distance.”
2014 Pre-Season Schedule
The Kitsap Pumas officially finalized their preseason schedule today.
Among the matches listed are ones against the Bellingham Hammers and the South Sound Shock. Both are from the Evergreen Premier League-Washington, a newly founded adult soccer league that starts its inaugural season in April.
The Pumas will also take part in the Rumble In The Rainforest again this season, playing Peninsula College and International Portland Select, an amateur soccer club that plays in the Oregon Premier Soccer League in Portland, Ore.
Tickets are $5 for ages 15 and up, with ages 14 and under getting in free.
As always, this schedule is subject to change at any time.
For more information, contact the front office at (360) 377-6008
Kitsap Pumas 2014 Preseason Schedule:
April 6 at 2 p.m.: at Seattle University – at Championship Field
April 12 at 5:30 p.m.: vs. Bellingham United FC – at Gordon Field
April 19 at 7 p.m.: at the University of Washington – at Husky Soccer Stadium
April 26: Rumble in the Rainforest – at Peninsula College
Game 1 at 1:20 p.m.: vs. International Portland Select
Game 2 at 4:30 p.m.: vs. Peninsula College
May 3 at 6 p.m.: vs. Peninsula College – at Gordon Field
May 6 at 7 p.m.: vs. South Sound FC – at Gordon Field
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