By Rob Shore
The Kitsap Pumas announced the signings of center backs Mac Lyle and Jack Sluys and left back/left wing Tomas Jamett on Monday, as the team prepares for the start of training next week.
Lyle and Sluys are both products of the Puget Sound area, while Jamett comes from Chile by way of the Northeast.
In two seasons at Haverford College (Pa.), Lyle has made 24 appearances with seven starts. He graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 2016.
Apart from being a Seattle native, Lyle has another connection to the Kitsap team.
“Mac was recommended to me by a former player, Ryan Hill, as they played together at Haverford College before Ryan transferred to Cornell,” Pumas head coach Liviu Bird said. “He’s another Seattle-area native, and we always like to bring in as many Puget Sounders as we can to give the roster a local feel and a community appeal. Besides that, Mac is a steady player, which is exactly what you need in central defense.”
Joining Lyle at center back in the Pumas’ defense will be Sluys, a former Gig Harbor High School standout. Sluys has committed to Fordham University, where he will start his collegiate career this fall.
“Jack comes to us after a great youth career at Washington Premier and ahead of his freshman season at Fordham University,” Bird said. “He’s a solid young center back who will gain a lot from being with us this summer, but I also expect that he’ll be able to contribute to the team. We’re looking to get Jack’s college career off to a flying start, and there’s no better way than to spend a couple months with us.”
Jamett is coming off his freshman season at Iona, where he started 15 of 16 games for the Gaels last season. He was a two-time New England soccer champion at South Kent High School (Conn.) and is a native of Santiago, Chile.
“Tomas is an exciting young player who will turn heads because of his work rate and speed getting down the touchline,” Bird said. “Beyond that, though, he’s a smart player who knows how to use the tools at his disposal. I’m excited to see what he can do for us, and Kitsap will be another chapter in a career that’s taken him from his native Chile to New England and to upstate New York.”
The Pumas open training on April 30 at Gordon Field in Bremerton.
Top photo by David Sinclair / courtesy of Haverford College.