SACRAMENTO, CA— (club release) The Kitsap Pumas take a break from PDL league play on Wednesday night to take on USL side Sacramento Republic in the Third Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match, hosted by Sacramento at Bonney Field, will begin at 8 p.m.
“I expect it to be like a typical cup game,” Pumas assistant coach Shaun Scobie said. “It should be high tempo and high intensity. Hopefully, it’ll be a fun game.”
This will be Kitsap’s second time participating in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup, the other being in 2011 when it lost by one goal, 2-1, to MLS side Seattle Sounders. As PDL Northwest Division champions, the team automatically gains entry to the tournament in the First Round. This year, the Pumas and Chattanooga FC were granted First Round byes. In 2015, the club reached the Second Round of the tournament, losing to USL side Seattle Sounders 2.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament that includes every professional club in the United States, plus a group of amateur and semiprofessional teams. This season, a total of 91 teams began the tournament.
“Anything can happen (in this tournament),” Kitsap forward Jesús Sánchez said. “Last year, the club was unlucky in the (Second) Round. We’ve already progressed a round further this year, and we want to keep the run going.”
Sacramento Republic vs. Kitsap Pumas
BONNEY FIELD, Sacramento, Calif.
June 1, 2016 (U.S. Open Cup Third Round)
8 p.m. PT
One of the most exciting matchups of the U.S. Open Cup Third Round will take place on Wednesday evening, when the Kitsap Pumas travel to face the Sacramento Republic. The Pumas are a perennial powerhouse in the PDL and will relish the opportunity to take on the 2014 USL champions. Sacramento has had a mixed start to this season’s USL campaign (4-3-2, 14pts) but comfortably dispatched NPSL side CD Aguiluchos USA 4-0 in the last U.S. Open Cup match.
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (0 meetings): Pumas 0 wins, 0 goals … Sacramento 0 wins, 0 goals … Ties 0
AT Sacramento (0 meetings): Pumas 0 wins, 0 goals … Sacramento 0 wins, 0 goals … Ties 0
No corresponding fixture
• This is the first meeting between the sides.
• The Sacramento squad includes 2015 Pumas forward Joaquin Rivas.
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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