The 2011 Strikers open tryouts for the have come to an end. Over 120 aspiring soccer players braved the cold elements to show the Strikers coaching staff why they should be a member of South Florida’s only professional soccer team. At the conclusion of Sundays morning’s matches, only the best players were invited for an afternoon match against an All-Star team which included three professional players, a former MLS draftee, college players and a member of the Miami FC coaching staff.
The afternoon’s match was played in front of Traffic Sports Director of Soccer Fernando Clavijo and other members of the Strikers coaching staff. The tryout team held the All-Stars in check for almost a half before Miami FC standout David Santamaria scored the first of his two goals in the match. The recently signed forward hit the cross bar on two separate occasions and led the All-star team to a 2-1 victory. The tryout team scored one back in the dying moments of the match.
The highly-anticipated Strikers tryouts are finally underway with over 120 attendees on the pitch. Players from as far away as Japan and Morocco have traveled to South Florida for the sole reason of dreaming to become a part of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers tradition. The Strikers’ coaching staff has a vast array of talent to witness on hand. Today marks the commencement of the weekend-long tryout session.
“It’s a great way to reach out to the community and see what kind of young talent is out there,” states Strikers Head Coach Daryl Shore. “We expect tomorrow to be just as, if not more, entertaining as today was.”
NOTE: For all players participating in tomorrow’s games, please be at the fields promptly at 8:30 AM