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Pumas schedule July match with European squad

The Kitsap Pumas Soccer Club will finally have its shot at competing with a European club.

The team announced last week that it will host Port Vale Football Club of the English Second Division for an international friendly game on July 19, 2011 at Bremerton Memorial Stadium. The event marks the first time a large European team will visit the area for a match.

The match is part of Port Vale’s “Summer 2011 North American Tour,” which includes matches against North Sound and Tacoma in July. Port Vale’s tour is meant to expand the club’s reach for competitive matches, according to a statement by Port Vale Chairman Bill Bratt.

“A pre-season tour is a vital part of our preparations for the new season and we will be looking forward to top quality training facilities and conditions as well as some excellent competitive games – while our focus will be on the forthcoming season we also see this as a great opportunity to build relationships with our host clubs off the field of play and hope that we will be able to establish some long-term partnerships in this part of the world – the game is such a global game now and it is vital that we ensure that we make the very most of this exciting opportunity,” he said in a statement.

The Pumas’ goal of playing a European team has come to fruition, which will pay large dividends for the young program looking to reach out to the community through soccer.

“Bringing high-level international clubs to Kitsap has been a major objective for us since day one,” Kitsap Pumas Executive Director Ben Pecora said in a statement. “This is a critical element in improving not only the play of our boys and the kids in our community, but these friendlies also provide a great chance to show our fans and the community as high a level of our sport as possible.”

For more information, contact Ben Pecora at (360) 377-6008, or www.kitsapsoccerclub.com.

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