SUMNER, WA— (club release) The Sounders U23 started a 3 game in 5 day stretch this past Friday with a win against reigning PDL Northwest Division Champion Kitsap Pumas 2-0. The young guns followed up their growing form in a win on Sunday against the Victoria Highlanders by another 2-0 score line. The second game saw 5 Sounders U23 starting player changes from Fridays game.
The Kitsap Pumas have been a strong team in the PDL over the past few years as the only professional team playing in the league. The Pumas handed the Sounders U23 a loss in the US Open Cup and rattled off another win against Sacramento Republic before succumbing this past week to Sounders FC as the MLS teams entered the competition. The Pumas sit in 7th place in the PDL Northwest Division with a record of 2-4-2.
PDL Northwest Division
|Calgary Foothills FC||9||6||2||1||19||17||7||10|
|Sounders FC U23||8||5||3||0||15||13||9||4|
|Lane United FC||9||3||2||4||13||9||7||2|
|Victoria Highlanders FC||9||2||4||3||9||11||13||-2|
|Portland Timbers U-23s||9||1||5||3||6||10||18||-8|
In the 37th minute, Chris Wingate split the defense and sent Guillermo Delgado behind the Pumas backline where he dribbled pass Matt Grosey in the Pumas net and calmly slotted home a goal to make the game 1-0. Just three minutes later, Jose Aguinaga received a slick back heal from Delgado and slotted it past Grosey for goal number two. Jeff Caldwell saved a 69th minute Cory Keitz penalty kick to keep the clean sheet. Keitz plays for Sounders U23 coach, Darren Sawatzky, with the Tacoma Stars during the winter.
With a quick turnaround, the Sounders U23 met the Victoria Highlanders on Sunday, June 19th at Sunset Stadium in Sumner. In the 40th minute, Nano Francisco took a David Olsen pass and hammered it into the Victoria net. Three minutes later, Yoshi Chaffin was taken down in the penalty box and Francisco calmly placed the ball into the onion bag for a 2-0 score. The game would end 2-0 for the Sounders U23 second win of the weekend.
There is no time to rest and recuperate as the Sounders U23 take on Washington Crossfire at Redmond high school on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30pm. Crossfire has made a mid-season coaching change bringing in Portland Timbers U23 head coach Jim Rillat to lead the PDL side. Crossfire sits at 3-2-3 and 12 points, just three behind the Sounders U23, with Sounders U23 taking both of the first two meetings this season.
Tickets and information are available at http://www.soundersu23.com. The Sounders U23 are on the road for five games until the regular season finale on July 15th at home against Calgary.