Johnson City, Tenn. (February 9, 2016) – Head coach David Strickland announced Tuesday two-day open tryouts on February 27-28.
The Tri-Cities Otters are the newly announced top-level soccer team in the region. The Otters will play in the United Soccer Leagues PDL, known as the Pathway to the Pros as it is a steppingstone to professional soccer. In the 2016 Major League Soccer draft, 75 percent of the draftees had PDL experience.
Teams at the PDL level, including the Otters, are also an excellent way for top local talent to get exposure, which leads to college scholarships and opportunities to play abroad.
On the team’s makeup, General Manager and co-owner Michael Balluff said, “We have had a tremendous response with players coming in from around the country. We have also been bombarded with player’s tapes from international players who want a shot for a spot on the squad. The goal is to mix in the best up-and-coming local talent with experienced players from around the country and world.”
“We are looking for players who have multiple qualities on the field: selflessness, committed, mentally strong and have a great soccer mind,” said Strickland. “Off the field, the players need to make a positive impact on the community by giving back, helping others and representing our organization with high character.”
The Otters’ season will run from May until July and will include matches against top-level teams from Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia and other cities in the PDL South Atlantic Division.
Interested players should go to the Otters website, www.ottersoccer.com and register as open tryouts. The tryouts will be limited to the 64 hopefuls. There is a $100 charge for trying out Players should be physically fit and able to compete at a very high level of soccer before considering trying out. The tryouts are open for public viewing and will be held at Kermit-Tipton Stadium.
For questions about the open tryouts, please email Coach Strickland for details (email@example.com).
BY MITCHELL MIEGEL