Doholis to Pumas
BREMERTON, WA—(club release) The Kitsap Pumas have signed former U17 U.S. national team winger Mikhail Doholis, the club announced today. Doholis trained with a number of Major League Soccer teams during his college career as well as attending the 2015 MLS Combine.
“I hope to showcase myself in a way this season that shows professionalism and enthusiasm on a daily basis,” Doholis said. “Having the Kitsap organization extend a spot to me allows me to get the development I need.”
While Doholis’ skill has certainly caught the eye of coaches at all stages of his career thus far, it is his passion for the game that truly sets him apart.
“I first started playing soccer when I was 4 years old,” Doholis said. “Ever since then, I have just always wanted to keep playing and keep getting better.”
After growing up competing for Eastside Liverpool, one of the top clubs in the Northwest, Doholis was invited to the U17 U.S. Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. Upon returning home, Doholis was tasked with the difficult decision of finding the best fit to compete at the collegiate level.
“The Oregon State head coach is a good friend of my high school coach, so back when I went to Residency, he came down to watch us play against Brazil,” Doholis said. “I really wanted to stay closer to home, and OSU just felt like a great fit on all levels, from soccer to academics.”
Spurr, Williams signed
BREMERTON, WA—(club release) A pair of standout midfielders from The Evergreen State College, Willie Spurr and Tanner Williams, have signed contracts with the Kitsap Pumas for the 2016 season, the club announced today. Both will complete their studies in Olympia before joining the team full-time for training.
“The Pumas have had a lot of success over the past two seasons, so when they offered me a spot on the roster, I was very excited,” Spurr said. “I am looking forward to having the chance to play at this level and contribute to the club’s success, and I am excited to see what other opportunities will come from it.”
A four-year starter at Evergreen, Spurr helped lead his team to its best record in school history his senior season. Spurr scored 25 goals and created 11 assists in 72 career games with the Geoducks, earning himself Cascade Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year honors his freshman season, All-CCC First Team accolades all four years and an All-American Honorable Mention nomination his final season.
In addition to his play at Evergreen, Spurr also competed for the Pumas indoor team in 2013-14 alongside current head coach Cameron MacDonald.
“I’ve known Willie for a couple years, having played with him indoors,” MacDonald said. “He’ll be an important addition to our attacking lineup, and this should be a good learning experience for him.”
In two years at Evergreen, Williams contributed 14 goals and 14 assists on his way to snatching All-CCC honors his senior season.
“Signing with Kitsap is pretty surreal,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started and continue to build on all the hard work I have already put in.”
Growing up, Williams’ raw talent earned him two selections to the Olympic Development Program Region IV team, back-to-back 4A state championships with his high school team and an NSCAA High School All-American selection.
He earned a soccer scholarship to attend Concordia University in Portland, where he made an instant impact by scoring three goals and adding six assists in just one season. Upon returning home to Idaho for the summer, Williams was presented with an opportunity to travel and play soccer in Kongsberg, Norway, with current 3. Divisjon side Modum FK.
“Tanner was a player we spoke to early on in our recruiting process, and we knew right away that we wanted to have him,” MacDonald said. “He was impressive at our open tryouts.”
Pumas add S2 Friendly
BREMERTON, WA—(club release) The Kitsap Pumas will take on Seattle Sounders 2 in a preseason friendly on April 23, the club announced today. As part of the Pumas Preseason Party, the club will also host an Army-Navy match between Joint Base Lewis McChord and Naval Base Kitsap the same evening.
“We’re excited for what should be a good event showcasing soccer in Washington state,” Pumas head coach Cammy MacDonald said. “We hope both Pumas and Sounders fans will come out to see some of the best young talent in the area.”
The Army-Navy match kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Gordon Field, on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, followed by the Pumas-S2 match at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults (16 and older) and $2 for children. The matchday experience for this special event will be similar to a regular-season game, with the same vendors, a beer garden and a kids section for cheering and singing.
“We are excited to play Kitsap again this year,” Sounders 2 head coach Ezra Hendrickson said. “They provided tough opposition in last year’s Open Cup, and I’m sure that will be the case again this year.”
The Pumas met S2 in the second round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where the teams battled to a 2-2 draw before S2 won, 4-2, with two extra-time goals. After that meeting, S2 picked up Pumas forwards Mike Ramos and Hiroki Kobayashi and midfielder Nick Hamer on short-term loans in June and signed midfielder Carlos Patino in September.