By Hubert Busby Jr.
Greetings Sounders faithful
March 22nd and 23rd saw the 2014 Sounders Women season commence once again with our annual Open Tryouts. We had over 50 players register for this event for a chance to don the Rave Green.
As you know, open tryouts of this nature, or tryouts in general, are never an exact science. As stated previously, whether it be for youths or professionals, continuous assessment is the best way to properly analyze talent over a period of time. This is why my staff and I monitor players during their college season or in their club environments, year-round.
Speaking of clubs, this weekend we had a terrific turnout of young players from their community clubs for this evaluation. We have purposely targeted a lot of younger players who are currently still in high school to come out for our team this season. Most of the big clubs were represented; however, it was great to see players from smaller community clubs out as well. I applaud all the players for coming out, as well their youth clubs for encouraging them to aspire to play at the highest amateur level.
Youth players such as Maddie Schultz, Mariah Lee and Rachel Wheeler will feature for the Sounders Women this year. In fact, our preseason games will feature many high school players this spring as we continue to develop players for the "future.” This fits in well with our mission, as we develop these young players during the spring months and mix in returning college veterans as the summer begins.
Lastly, I want to thank all the players for coming out to our assessments this weekend. I also want to acknowledge Coach Harvey from the Seattle Reign, who came out to monitor future prospects. Gareth Vaughan of the Issaquah Soccer Club also came out to assess players this weekend. Collectively, our goal is to ensure all aspiring players have a chance to play this wonderful sport within our state and community at a level that suits their aspirations and talents.
Keep the ball rolling....
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