Pumas' playoff hopes disappear

Pumas defender Brandon Scott and a Highlanders player get into an argument following a foul call. - Photo by Wes Morrow
Pumas defender Brandon Scott and a Highlanders player get into an argument following a foul call.
— image credit: Photo by Wes Morrow

After ten games, the Kitsap Pumas’ chances of making the playoffs this year have disappeared.

The Pumas (2-4-5) are 14 points back from the division leaders Victoria Highlanders and 12 back from second place Portland Timbers.

The top two teams in each division in the United Soccer League Premiere Development League receive playoff berths.

With only four games to go in the season for the Pumas, the team from Kitsap now has no chance of catching Victoria, leaving the Timbers as their only option to takedown.

Unfortunately, the Pumas won’t meet Portland again this season. The two sides drew in both of their first two meetings and Portland beat the Pumas last Friday in their final meeting.

To catch the Timbers, the Pumas would have to win every single one of their remaining four games.

On top of this, Portland would have to lose each of its remaining five games — even a draw would put them a point out of the Pumas’ reach.

Even this miracle scenario, however, doesn’t look to be enough to resurrect the Pumas’ season.

The best Kitsap can do is tie the Timbers in regular season points, and Portland controls the tiebreaker after beating the Pumas 1-0 on Friday, June 21.

The most promising part of the Pumas’ schedule is coming up, which would have been good news were the team in contention, but instead serves only as a bleak reminder of the position in which they’ve placed themselves.

Kitsap will play the last place North Sound SeaWolves (1-7-1) twice and the second-to-last place Washington Crossfire (2-5-1) once before finishing against Sounders U23 (4-4-1). The final three of those will be played at home.

After their first three games the Pumas went on a drawing spree — tying five games in a row between May 24 and June 15. Of the six draws recorded in the Northwest Division, the Pumas have participated in all but one.


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