By Rob Shore
The Kitsap Pumas announced four signings on Wednesday ahead of the start of training for the 2018 National Premier Soccer League season in goalkeeper Cody Lang, midfielder Edgar Torres, right wing Ed Jabbari and defensive midfielder/center back Alvaro Rubio.
With former Seattle Pacific standout Lang, the Pumas add a player who has a natural link to Kitsap coach Liviu Bird, another former Seattle Pacific University goalkeeper.
Lang, 24, has been with the Sounders FC 2 since signing in September. Prior to that, he earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2015 and set the conference career record with 28 clean sheets after being a four-year starter for Seattle Pacific.
He also played with the NPSL’s Detroit City FC in 2016, making five appearances and posting a clean sheet.
“I’m very happy to have Cody, a fellow former SPU goalkeeper, with us this summer,” Bird said. “He’s got great hunger and drive to become a successful professional, and we’re hoping that gaining experience with us will be the final piece of the puzzle to him earning a full-time spot somewhere.
“He’ll continue to train with the Sounders whenever he can while he plays for us, and his work ethic and competitiveness will be something that I hope the rest of the group picks up on.”
In signing Torres, the Pumas added a player who played for the team in 2016. Torres is coming off his freshman season at Eastern Oklahoma State JC, where he started14 of the team’s 16 games and posted an assist.
“Edgar is another returner, but from a couple years ago,” Bird said. “He was a fringe player on our 2016 roster, but since then, he’s gone away to continue playing and gain some more experience. We expect him to come in and compete right away, and his vision on the ball will be a welcome addition to what is a talented group of central midfielders.”
Rubio, a native of Madrid, comes to Kitsap after his junior campaign at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he has played two seasons. He’s made 23 appearances with 21 starts for the Knights.
Prior to transferring to Fairleigh Dickinson, Rubio played for Edward Carlos III University of Madrid.
“An experienced player with soccer IQ and technical quality, Alvaro will be a solid addition to our midfield group,” Bird said. “His composure and maturity is something you need on a roster of young players competing in a rough league.”
Jabbari, raised in Reading, England, has played two seasons at Newman University in Wichita, Kan. He started 14 of the Jets’ 18 games in 1017 and had a goal and an assist.
“Ed is another player our fans will enjoy watching because of his pace,” Bird said. “He can play a couple different positions in midfield, and he’ll get a good summer of training that will hopefully go some way toward refining some of his raw skills. He has a great attitude and work rate, which should serve him well in our environment.”
Training begins for the Pumas on Monday at Bremerton’s Gordon Field