Blitzers have second player sign professional contract

Kendal McFayden’s second stint as an amateur was brief.

The United Soccer League’s Kitsap Pumas signed McFayden to a professional contract, making him the second FC Buffalo player to sign a pro deal in 2011 after captain Daniel Stevens signed with Finland’s Kemi Kings this winter.

The Pumas play in Bremerton, outside of Washington, D.C. and also have an entity in a professional arena league. FC Buffalo coach Dan Krzyzanowicz tells the front office he has several replacements in mind and will announce them shortly.

The Blitzers will begin their season with a US Open Cup match at Brooklyn on Saturday versus the Brooklyn Italians, who are regarded as one of the best semi-pro teams of all-time. Previously to their drop down to amateur play in the NPSL, the Italians have boasted appearances in the CONCACAF Champions Cup tournament when they were a pro team and have featured players with US national team caps.