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Kitsap Pumas visit Calgary Foothills for two games this weekend

Kitsap Pumas visit Calgary Foothills for two games this weekend

BREMERTON, Wash. — The Kitsap Pumas continue their season by venturing north across the border to Glenmore Athletic Park to take on the Calgary Foothills, looking to capture some much-needed points as the season nears its conclusion. The Pumas will play two matches against the Foothills in three days, on June 24 and 26, making the most of the long journey.

Kitsap could capture a total of six points with two wins, shooting them up the table as the push for the playoffs nears with about a month remaining in the season.

This will be the first meeting between the Pumas and Foothills this season. The two teams met twice last season, with the Pumas emerging victorious 3-1 at Gordon Field. Later in the season the teams drew 1-1 in Calgary.

“It’s always tough traveling internationally,” Kitsap head coach Cameron MacDonald said, hinting at the struggles of getting an entire team across the border.

Calgary, which is in its second season in the PDL, sits at the top of the table in the Northwest Division of the PDL with 19 points, amassing six wins in nine matches. The Pumas, coming off a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Sounders U23, find themselves as the bottom of the table with two wins in eight games.

Playing strong defense for the Pumas will be critical in these two games, as both Foothills losses on the season came when they failed to find the back of the net in narrow 1-0 results. A Pumas win would also mark the first loss for the Foothills at home this season.

It’s the final two road games for the Pumas, finishing off what will be a total of seven away matches in a row in all competitions, all in the month of June. The Pumas haven’t seen the pitch at Gordon Field since May 28, and will look to get as many points as possible before returning to familiar territory.

The Foothills will make one visit to Gordon Field, at the end of the season on July 17.

Calgary Foothills vs. Kitsap Pumas
Glenmore Athletic Park, Calgary, Alta.
JUNE 24 and 26, 2016
7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. MT (Twitter, No Stream)

The Kitsap Pumas look to right the ship on their season as they travel to Calgary to take on the top-of-the-table Foothills in a newly established PDL matchup. The teams will meet twice in three days, and it will be the fifth time Kitsap has played two games in a 72-hour stretch this season.

  • Calgary has already bested its 16-point inaugural season and is one point from breaking 20 on the season.
  • The Pumas will be the third team to make a weekend trip to Calgary this season after the Portland Timbers U23 and Victoria Highlanders; the Foothills are undefeated at home in 2016, only dropping points in a 2-2 draw to Victoria.

SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: CAL: Kyle Jones, Elijah Adekugbe, Robert Hyams

ALL-TIME (2 meetings): Pumas 1 win, 4 goals — Foothills 0 wins, 2 goals — Ties 1
AT CALGARY (1 meeting): Pumas 0 wins, 1 goal — Foothills 0 wins, 1 goal — Ties 1

2015 (PDL):
5/22: KP 3 (Mike Chamberlain 65, 75, 84), CF 1; 6/18: CF 1, KP 1 (Nick Hamer 83)

  • Calgary took the lead in both matches against Kitsap in 2015, but a Mike Chamberlain hat trick and Nick Hamer equalizer handed the Pumas a win at home and draw on the road.

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