BREMERTON, Wash. — As part of its move to the National Premier Soccer League ahead of the 2017 season, Kitsap Soccer Club has declared itself as an amateur club. Since its inception in 2009, the team had played as a professional team, but it will now be able to sign current collegiate players without jeopardizing their eligibility.
“We felt this was the right move for us as a club on multiple levels,” owner Robin Waite said. “We’re looking forward to starting our first season in the NPSL, which will be a new adventure for us in many ways.”
Head coach and general manager Cameron MacDonald said the move is a positive step for the club, as it widely opens the pool of players for the club to consider signing.
“Every year as the leagues above us continue to expand, it gets tougher to find players who have graduated college but still slip through the cracks,” MacDonald said. “The club served a great purpose when the USL especially was a small league, but now, we want to be able to develop the next generation of pros as well. We think this actually gives us a better chance to put a quality team on the field, since we can now essentially sign any player we want without having to worry about their college eligibility status.”
Kitsap SC will hold an open tryout on Jan. 28, 2017, as well as an invitation-only tryout March 4 and 5 ahead of its inaugural NPSL season. Players will have a chance to compete for contracts on a team with a proven track record of moving players onto higher-level teams in the United States and abroad.
Kitsap alumni playing professionally in 2016 included Miguel Gonzalez (Colorado Springs Switchbacks, USL), Daniel Gonzalez (Oklahoma City Energy, USL), Zac Lubin (Swope Park Rangers, USL), Joaquin Rivas (Sacramento Republic, USL), Carlos Patino (Seattle Sounders 2, USL), Jake Bond (St. Louis FC, USL), Austin Rogers (Bayangol FC, Mongolian Premier League), Daniel Scott (Carolina RailHawks, NASL) and Bryan Meredith (San Jose Earthquakes, MLS).
The January tryout is open to all interested players. The March event is open only to those invited by members of the Kitsap SC coaching staff—others will be turned away. Players with previous collegiate and professional experience are invited to email the club for consideration for an invitation.
Kitsap coaching staff will be on hand to oversee tryouts and evaluate trialists. For any additional information regarding the tryout, please contact associate head coach Liviu Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tryouts, as well as Kitsap SC training and home matches during the 2017 season, will be held at Gordon Field on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.
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