Kitsap Pumas sign three players for 2016 season

Waterman, Thomas, Bevans join for their first seasons

Kitsap Pumas sign three players for 2016 season

BREMERTON, Wash. — The Kitsap Pumas have signed three players to contracts for the 2016 season, the club announced today. Midfielders Joel Waterman and Conner Bevans and forward Alcides Thomas will all be first-year players for the club, pending league approval.

Waterman joins the Pumas from Trinity Western University, where he currently plays for the Spartans with Pumas teammate Kalem Scott. Because of the different collegiate regulations between the CIS and NCAA, Waterman can play for Kitsap without losing his collegiate eligibility.

“Joel was a player who caught our eye immediately at the open tryouts in January,” Kitsap head coach Cameron MacDonald said. “We’re glad that we’re able to sign him for the summer and hopefully send him back to his college team a better, more experienced player.”

Bevans played four seasons for Gonzaga, making the All-West Coast Conference Second Team in his 2015 senior season. He scored 11 goals and added eight assists for the Bulldogs.

“Conner’s speed and energy have been a welcome sight this preseason,” MacDonald said. “He joined us as a trialist at the start of the month, but by a week later, we were looking for a way to keep him here for the summer.”

Thomas also came out of the Pumas tryouts, earning an extended trial in preseason after impressing in February. Thomas has scored a number of goals in competitive and behind-closed-doors games, as well as consistently improving in training sessions.

“Paco has really come on since the start of preseason,” MacDonald said. “His play continues to get better, and he has managed to earn himself a contract in the process.”

Transaction: Kitsap Pumas sign midfielders Joel Waterman and Conner Bevans and forward Alcides Thomas on April 16, 2016

Joel Waterman
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165
Born: Jan. 24, 1996
Hometown: Aldergrove, B.C.
Citizenship: Canada
Acquired: Signed on April 16, 2016

Conner Bevans
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160
Born: Nov. 22, 1994
Hometown: La Habra Heights, Calif.
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on April 16, 2016

Alcides Thomas
Position: Forward
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Born: Oct. 10, 1993
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on April 16, 2016