MLS Soccer

Kitsap romps past Tacoma, 5-2, in U.S. Open Cup

The Kitsap Pumas romped past FC Tacoma 253, 5-2, Wednesday at Mount Tahoma Stadium in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup.

The result sends the Pumas through to a second-round match against Sounders 2 next Wednesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

Kitsap jumped ahead in the fourth minute, increased its lead to 3-0 by halftime and eventually grew the advantage to 5-0. The Pumas got two goals each from Joe Masumiya and Carlos Patino, and one from Jake Bond.

Tacoma got on the board with a close-range goal from former UW star Steven Wright in the 76th minute and added another on a 20-yard free kick from Pedro Millan in the 88th.

Tacoma 253 was formed in January as a member of the National Premier Soccer League, while Kitsap is an established Premier Development League power and defending Western Conference champion.

Tacoma returns to league play at 10 a.m. Saturday, meeting the Sonoma Sol at Starfire Sports Complex.

Seattle Sounders FC and other Major League Soccer teams join the Open Cup in the fourth round at the middle of June.