BREMERTON, WA— (club release) The Kitsap Pumas have signed forward Hamza Haddadi for the 2016 season, the club announced today. Haddadi played four seasons in college for Seattle University, scoring 25 goals and adding 11 assists.
(Cover photo Wilson TSoi / Seattle U.)
“We’re excited to have Hamza this season,” Pumas head coach Cameron MacDonald said. “Every top-level team needs a proven goalscorer, and he has shown that he can put the ball in the goal.”
Haddadi, who played for former Pumas coach Pete Fewing and with former Kitsap forward Miguel González at Seattle U, was on trial with Seattle Sounders 2 earlier this preseason. He also played three years for Washington Crossfire in the PDL Northwest Division, scoring several times against the Pumas.
His collegiate highlights included tying the Western Athletic Conference single-game record with four goals in 6-0 win over UC Davis on Aug. 28, 2015, as well as scoring the only goal of the game against UCLA to make the NCAA Tournament round of 16 three months later.
“I’m excited to start my professional career with the Pumas,” Haddadi said. “I hope to use it as a step towards the highest levels of soccer in the country.”
Transaction: Kitsap Pumas sign forward Hamza Haddadi on April 14, 2016
Born: Jan. 31, 1994
Hometown: Shoreline, Wash.
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on April 14, 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.
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