BREMERTON, WA—(club release) Kitsap Soccer Club announced the signing of forward Sean Bowman, wing/forward Jorge Ruiz and wing/midfielder Santi DiGiuseppe for the 2017 National Premier Soccer League season.
All three played for the University of San Francisco during the 2016 season.
Sean Bowman, a native of Bothell, is a product of the Seattle Sounders academy. He is coming off a sophomore season with San Francisco when he made 13 appearances with four starts for the Dons.
In his career for San Francisco, Bowman has made 31 appearances with 15 starts, scoring four goals with an assist. He is also the second most prolific scorer in Sounders academy history, behind only current Sounder Jordan Morris.
“Sean is a former Seattle Sounders academy player who we’re happy to bring in for the summer along with the rest of our University of San Francisco contingent,” associate head coach Liviu Bird said. “He also has experience at this level after spending some time with the Sounders U23 team last summer, so he should fit right in with our team.”
DiGiuseppe, a product of the LA Galaxy academy who grew up in San Clemente, Califorinia, has 28 appearances with 26 starts over two season with San Francisco, notching five goals and four assists in that span. He scored three goals with two assists last season.
DiGiuseppe earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention last season.
“Anytime you can bring in players from a solid college program who also played at a high youth level, you’re only enhancing the environment that you provide for players,” Bird said. “Santi came recommended to me by Mike Muñoz, the LA Galaxy academy director and head coach of Galaxy II in the USL.”
Jorge Ruiz, another former member of the LA Galaxy academy who is a native of Mission Hills, California, is coming off a freshman season that saw him score his first collegiate goal against Stanford.
Ruiz made 15 appearances with five starts for the Dons.
“Jorge got a lot of playing time as a freshman and won a national championship in 2015 with the LA Galaxy academy,” Bird said. “He’s another player with high ambition who came recommended by Mike Muñoz, my friend at the Galaxy, and we’re excited to bring in a player of his caliber with his experience at the youth national team level for the U.S.”
Training sessions for Kitsap Soccer Club are set to begin on May 1, and the regular-season opener against Spokane Shadow is scheduled for May 20 at Gordon Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton.