Kitsap kicks off NPSL era with open tryouts (video, photos)

kitsap_soccer_club_logo2_smallBREMERTON, WA— There was a familiar feeling in the air at Gordon Field on Saturday morning as Kitsap Soccer Club hosted their annual open tryouts. Just as in previous years there were plenty of guys hoping to impress. There were coaches watching and taking notes. There were volunteers staffing the event. There were supporters and club owner Robin Waite watching and visiting on the sidelines.

Kitsap Assistant Head Coach Liviu Bird addresses the trialists. (David Falk)

Gallery: Kitsap SC NPSL Open Tryouts

While familiar, it was none-the-less a new beginning in a brave new world for Kitsap, who left the PDL for the NPSL after playing eight seasons in that circuit. This time the players were not hoping for a professional contract. Kitsap declared their amateur status as a club late last year. So while the structure remained the same, nearly all of the 70+ faces on the pitch were new.

NPSL Official Logo 2016The sign-in sheet revealed names like Stanwood High School’s (Seattle United) Jonathan Gibula, a tall defender who held his own among older trialists.

There was Cullen Addison, a player from Washington State University’s men’s club team.

Most of the guys were local, though there were two players originally from Korea.

See a list of players starting here.

Kitsap SC have their sights set on a group of invited players as well. Those guys will get a chance to impress when they come to Bremerton March 11 and 12.

Jonathan Gibula, a senior at Stanwood High and listed with Seattle United, was one of the taller players at the Kitsap open tryouts. (David Falk)

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