Fifty players were invited to Gordon Field this past weekend to participate in an invite-only combine, the second round of Kitsap Pumas tryouts. Ten players returned from January’s Open Tryouts and coach Cameron MacDonald once again led off the weekend with a few words emphasizing the potential reward a season with the Pumas can bring.
Attendees participated in small-sided games, focusing on technique under pressure. They then transitioned into full-field 11 versus 11 games. The athletes ended the weekend with a full ninety minute scrimmage, giving them a final chance to impress the coaching staff.
“Overall, the quality of the tryout was impressive,” said Pumas defender Rene DeZorzi, who was out to get some extra touches ahead of preseason. “Everyone got lots of touches and opportunities to show what they were capable of.”
New faces as well as Pumas veterans from previous seasons showed their skills in hopes of making the team. Some of the unfamiliar names include Samuel Butterworth, a versatile athlete, former Partick Thistle FC player Graeme Eaglesham, known for finishing ability and dominance in the air, Charles Pitts, a forward who was with the Puget Sound Gunners last year and Alberto Meneses, a player who developed through the FC Dallas academy.
“Our coaches are excited about the level of play.” said Head Coach Cameron MacDonald. “For guys to fly themselves in for a weekend tryout demonstrates to me they want to be here and want to succeed.”
The coaches are aiming to begin contract negotiations with a number of participants this week. “It’s early in the process and while we’re going to see what developments there are at USL and MLS level over the next couple weeks we feel its important to get a few of these guys on board,” said MacDonald.
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