Harrisburg—The Harrisburg City Islanders have teamed up with Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS) once again to jointly host an open tryout December 19-20, 2011. The event will be held at In the Net Sports Complex in Palmyra, PA., the home training ground of the City Islanders.
The two organizations, who are exclusive partners since March 2010, will look to start the player identification process early for the 2012 season.
City Islanders Head Coach Bill Becher echoed the sentiments of Hackworth, stating; "Philadelphia is a first class organization and we are pleased to partner with them once again. I look forward to having the Union's coaching staff here in Harrisburg and I believe that a joint tryout with franchises from different levels of professional soccer is a great way to find players who may be able to contribute to one of the respective teams. It should be a quality event." Becher also said that, "last year's tryouts with the Union were a huge success. We were able to identify four players from that tryout who played key roles that led us to the Championship game."
Nelson Becerra, Jose Angulo (2nd Team All League and 9 goals), Andrew Welker (8 goals), and Morgan Langley were four players that were identified in the joint tryout. The Philadelphia Union also selected two players from this combine in the supplemental draft and Ryan Richter was signed to a contract. On September 15th, 2011 Langley became the third Islander signed by the Major League Soccer team.
The Harrisburg City Islanders will compete in the USL Pro in 2012 once again. USL Pro is the second highest level of professional soccer in the United States, Canada, and Caribbean. The City Islanders boast an overall record of 85-57-49 and play their home matches at Skyline Sports Complex on City Island in downtown Harrisburg.
Philadelphia Union joined Major League Soccer in 2010 as the first division's 16th team. After compiling an 8-15-7 mark in their inaugural season, the Union made the 2011 playoffs in their second season. The second-year club plays their home matches at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Tryout Information: Trialist will be required to pay a $125 registration fee, in advance. The application and payment must be received before the coaching staff will review your application. The fee will only be processed if your application is accepted. Notification will be sent via email by December 10, 2011 to confirm or deny acceptance. If accepted, trialist will also receive detailed information including directions, hotel and restaurant options in the area.
All trialist must be in the country to register.
All student-athletes should confirm eligibility to participate with their respective college/university or NCAA.
Attendance on both days and all sessions is required. The tryout will consist of a warm-up, shooting, small sided and full field games.
Tryout Schedule: Monday, December 19th Player Registration: 8:00-8:45am Session 1: 9:00- 11:00am
Tuesday, December 20th Player Registration: 8:00-8:45am Session 1: 9:00-1:00pm Session 2: 12:00-4:00pm
Facility & Equipment: Artificial grass indoor field. There will not be a locker room or changing room. Restrooms will be on site. Cleats and shin guards must be worn at all times during the tryout. Players will be responsible for bringing their own training gear.
Hotel Options: Players are responsible for their own accommodations. Mention you are attending the Harrisburg City Islanders soccer tryout to possibly receive a reduced rate. Listed below are local hotels. We suggest you call around for best rate and distance to tryout location.
Hilton Garden Inn, Hershey (717) 566-9292 Comfort Inn Hershey (717) 566-2050 Comfort Suites- Harrisburg (717) 566-3000 Motel 6- Hershey (717) 533-2384 Holiday Inn Express - Hershey (717) 583-0564 Best Western- Hummelstown (717) 533-5665 Econo Lodge- Hummelstown (717) 533-2515 Hampton Inn Harrisburg East (717) 545-9595
Transportation Options: All travel is the responsibility of the trialist. The training facility is 30 minutes outside of Harrisburg in Palmyra/Hershey, PA
Train-Amtrak: Harrisburg (717) 232-3303 www.amtrak.com Bus-Greyhound: Harrisburg (717) 255-6970 www.greyhound.com HIA Airport- Harrisburg International Airport www.flyhia.com Keystone Cab- Harrisburg (717) 234-4400 Capital City Cab- Harrisburg (717) 939-6363
Questions: Please send all tryout questions to email@example.com Harrisburg City Islanders Office (717) 441-4625