By Rob Shore
Former Kitsap Soccer Club mainstay Mike Scharf’s soccer journey might be adding a new stop after next week.
Scharf will be starting a trial with Seattle Sounders 2 FC on Monday, an audition that could potentially see the left back added to the S2 roster for the coming season.
“Just like any trial, its a professional opportunity going into it,” Scharf said. “I’m just staying focused, staying fit and looking for a contract to come out of it. Any opportunity I’m presented with, I want to take full advantage of it.”
S2 is the reserve team of the MLS’ Seattle Sounders and plays in the United Soccer League. S2 will play its home games at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.
“For me, personally, it’s a big opportunity,” Scharf said. “I know the Sounders organization is very highly regarded around the Northwest and around the country. So it’s a great club to have an opportunity with.”
Kitsap Pumas head coach Liviu Bird said Scharf’s opportunity illustrates what the Pumas are all about.
“It’s a good example of what we want to do for players,” Bird said. “We bring guys in with the intent they will move on. That’s the ultimate for me is helping players move on and get opportunities at the higher levels.”
Since playing for Kitsap n 2017, Scharf has been playing with the Tacoma Stars and had trials with other professional-level teams. He also recently signed with the Cedar Rapids Rampage of the MASL.
Scharf was a constant in the Kitsap lineup during the 2017 NPSL season, starting every game of the season, except for the regular season finale against PDX FC. He was the only Kitsap player to play every minute of the team’s first nine regular season games.
Prior to coming to Kitsap, Scharf played for the SW Florida Adrenaline in 2016 and played college soccer, most recently for Missouri S&T.