BREMERTON, WA— The Kitsap Pumas are simmering after they experienced the worst kind of six point swing — the kind that happens off the pitch in a league office. The Pumas have had their 3-0 home opener win over the Victoria Highlanders forfeited by the Premier Development League (PDL) and have also been docked three points in the standings for using an illegal player in the match.
The Pumas will be chomping at the bit to get back to even points at zero when they play Lane United tonight in Oregon.
In a statement posted on the Pumas official website, the club didn’t hold back their disappointment in th league’s decision:
It seems that, with 67 teams competing in the PDL, having one person responsible for the entire league’s registration process is inadequate. In the chaos, the Pumas were only issued their official player cards less than 24 hours prior to kickoff against Victoria, and the club was only asked to submit its master roster the night before the match after business hours.
Despite the club’s best efforts to remain in compliance with the league’s rules in the circumstances, the league has told the club it had 10 over-age players on the master roster for the match against Victoria. Regardless, the Pumas only placed eight over-age players, who the club believed to be active and fully eligible, on the game-day roster.
The club is also dismayed that the league has decided to announce this ruling to its members on the day of another Kitsap league match. The fact that the public was made aware of it via another club’s president on social media rather than a league statement reflects poorly on the professionalism of the PDL.