Kitsap Pumas add forward duo

BREMERTON, WA— (club release)  The Kitsap Pumas announced today the signing of two strong forwards to complement the existing attacking group on the 2016 squad. Darius Madison and Javier Castro join the club with Division I collegiate and professional experience.

Kitsap_Pumas_logo.svg“Darius and Javi joined us a little later in preseason, but their quality was immediately evident,” Pumas head coach Cameron MacDonald said. “Being able to sign them rounds out what we think is an impressive attacking group.”

After a successful collegiate career, Madison was drafted 70th overall by Toronto FC in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. In college, he played 59 games for University of Virginia before transferring to UMBC for his senior season.

He scored 12 goals and added four assists for Virginia before putting up six goals and three assists for UMBC. After contract negotiations fell through with Toronto, Madison signed with the Pumas.

Castro earned his contract after an extended preseason trial. Earlier in the year, he trained with Real Cuautitlán of the second division in his native Mexico.

He also made 11 appearances for the Oklahoma City Energy of USL in 2014. Castro’s previous PDL experience includes playing with Ventura County Fusion in 2015, Los Angeles Misioneros in 2014 and OC Blues Strikers FC in 2013.

Collegiately, Castro played two seasons with Mt. San Antonio College, scoring 23 goals, before transferring to UC Santa Barbara in 2012, where he added three more in 16 matches. He was also a finalist for Sueño MLS in 2010.

Transaction: Kitsap Pumas sign forwards Darius Madison and Javier Castro on April 26, 2016

Darius Madison
Position: Forward
Height: 5-8
Weight: 160
Born: May 31, 1994
Hometown: Philadelphia
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on April 26, 2016

Javier Castro
Position: Forward
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160
Born: Aug. 15, 1991
Hometown: Pomona, Calif.
Citizenship: Mexico / United States
Acquired: Signed on April 26, 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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