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Kitsap Pumas leaving PDL, joining NPSL

Kitsap Soccer Club is leaving the Premier Development League to join the National Premier Soccer League.

Kitsap Soccer Club announced on Tuesday that they are leaving the Premier Development League (PDL) to join the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) ahead of the 2017 season. For their first year in the NPSL, they will revert to their full name, Kitsap Soccer Club (Kitsap SC).

Kitsap SC is led by owner Robin Waite, head coach Cameron MacDonald, assistant coach Shaun Scobie, goalkeeper coach Liviu Bird and performance analyst Keith Sargent. MacDonald led the club to their first undefeated season in 2015.

“We were a franchise of the PDL for eight years, and we had some good success there,” Waite added. “We would like to thank the PDL for providing us the platform to develop our club and brand, but we feel that at this point, membership in the NPSL is the best possible direction for the future success of our team.”

During their time in the PDL, Kitsap won the PDL National Championship in 2011 and advanced to the final once more in 2014. They qualified for the U.S. Open Cup six times (2009-2012, 2015-2016) and advanced to the fourth round in 2016.

Kitsap SC will join the West Region and be in the Northwest Conference of the NPSL. Currently there are two teams in the Northwest Conference — Portland Spartans FC and OSA FC.

“We enthusiastically welcome Kitsap Soccer Club to the National Premier Soccer League,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented. “We look forward to their contributions in the Northwest as we continue to grow and support the sport in this region.”

More information on Kitsap’s first season in the NPSL as well as the schedule and tryout information will be released in the near future.

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