By Rob Shore
The Kitsap Pumas have announced the signing of left back Mike Scharf for the 2018 NPSL season.
Scharf, a mainstay with the 2017 Kitsap Soccer Club squad and was the only player to play every single minute of the team’s first nine regular season games before sitting out the regular season finale against PDX FC.
“I’m pretty excited to return to the club,” Scharf said. “(I’m excited for) training with (head coach Liviu Bird) and the coaches and retaining Northwest Division title. It’s also exciting to participate in the US Open Cup and make a deep run in that as well.”
Since playing for Kitsap in 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.
Prior to coming to Kitsap, Scharf played for the SW Florida Adrenaline in 2016 and played college soccer, most recently for Missouri S&T.
Bird lauded the returning player, who figures to be the most experienced players on the team’s 2018 roster.
“Mike is a good leader for us as a returning player,” Bird said. “We wanted him to move onto a higher level this year, but we’re also happy to have him back since he clearly has the drive and, we think, ability to play at a higher level.”
The Pumas open training on April 30. Their season opens in the US Open Cup in early May, with the date and opponent to be announced on Wednesday.