Kitsap Pumas sign midfielders Ibrahim Diaby, Dominic McGiveron

Kitsap_Pumas_logo.svgBREMERTON, WA— (club release) The Kitsap Pumas announced today the signing of midfielders Ibrahim Diaby and Dominic McGiveron, pending league approval.

“We’re excited to add Ibrahim and Dominic for the 2016 season,” Pumas head coach Cameron MacDonald said. “We were delighted to find two midfielders of their caliber available.”

McGiveron last played for the Nike Academy, based at St. George’s Park in Burton-upon-Trent, England. The academy aims to help unsigned under-20 players from all over the world find a professional club.

While at the Nike Academy, McGiveron, 20, made 21 appearances for the club and scored eight goals. Previously, he went on trial with Manchester United and Everton before finally signing with Liverpool as a youth player.

“It’s a big move coming from England, but I am really happy about my choice to sign with Kitsap,” McGiveron said. “I haven’t had the chance to compete for trophies in a while, since we just played friendlies with the Nike Academy, and I am really looking forward to helping the club add a few more.”

Diaby joins the Pumas after playing a season for New York Cosmos B, where he won an NPSL national championship after defeating Chattanooga FC, 3-2 in extra time, in the final. Diaby scored the Cosmos’ first two goals of the game, including 30 seconds into extra time.

Transaction: Kitsap Pumas sign midfielders Ibrahim Diaby and Dominic McGiveron on April 12, 2016

Ibrahim Diaby
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Born: Nov. 11, 1992
Hometown: New York
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on April 12, 2016

Dominic McGiveron
Position: Forward
Height: 5-10
Weight: 160
Born: March 7, 1996
Hometown: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Citizenship: England
Acquired: Signed on April 12, 2016

The Kitsap Pumas enter their eighth season in the Premier Development League in 2016 after winning the Northwest Division for the fourth time in 2015. The Pumas won the PDL national championship in 2011 and advanced to the national final again in 2014, establishing themselves as a reputable professional club with a proven record of moving players onto the next level in the process. Kitsap plays its home matches at Gordon Field, an intimate 1,500-capacity stadium on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton, Wash.

— #AllezPumas —

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