Thursday, March 17, 2005

Metros soccer team will hold open tryouts this weekend

The Nashville Metros, North America’s oldest continuously owned and operated soccer franchise, will conduct open tryouts for the club’s 16th season in 2005.

When: Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Nashville Metros play at Ezell Park, located at 5135 Harding Place, one mile east of I-24 at Exit 56. From I-24, travel east on Harding Place. The stadium complex is located on the right side of Harding Place, just past the train overpass and the new police and fire stations. When you turn off of Harding Place, be sure to take the left fork of the road into the stadium complex. (See map below)

Cost: $10 (one time administrative fee)

The tryouts will be conducted from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both dates. Potential players need to plan to attend both days. Anyone desiring to participate in the tryouts should come prepared with playing equipment, as well as a $10 administrative fee to defray the cost of evaluations.

Housing for out-of-town players attending the tryouts is being provided by the team’s official hotel, Holiday Inn – The Crossings. To obtain the special discounted hotel rate, call Holiday Inn - The Crossings at 888-683-8883 and be sure to request the special “Nashville Metros rate” for the weekend.

Playing in the United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League (PDL), the highest level of amateur soccer in the U.S., the Metros draw top players from area colleges and universities, as well as foreign nationals seeking additional playing experience. The May – July season does not interfere with collegiate seasons or jeopardize collegiate eligibility.

Metros players have gone on to compete at the highest levels of U.S. and international soccer, including the U.S. Men’s National Team, Major League Soccer and top foreign leagues. Many have also used their Metros training and experience to springboard them into stardom in their collegiate careers.

Nationally, the PDL has grown to fill major gap in U.S. soccer development. With 54 teams from coast to coast in 2005, many franchises have become regional college all-star teams, giving the best young players new opportunities to hone their skills during their collegiate off-season. Since the PDL is exempted from NCAA regulations against off-season team training, league experience places American players on a more equal footing with foreign players, who often train year-round to develop their abilities.

For additional information on the tryouts, email Head Coach Obed Compean at
o.compean AT nashvillemetrossoccer DOT com
or telephone the Nashville Metros office at (615) 832-5678.

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