Cary, NC (April 7, 2017) – North Carolina FC U23 of the Premier Development League (PDL) team will hold open tryouts on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Tryouts are open to soccer players aged 18 to 23 years old. Head coach Dewan Bader and his staff will evaluate players in advance of the PDL season which begins in May.
Bader, who also serves as assistant coach for the North Carolina FC NASL team, guided the U23s to three consecutive Region III titles (2011-2013) and two National Championships (2011, 2013) while competing in the USASA U-23 Men’s Cup. Joining him will be longtime U23 coaches Luis Satorra and Rick King, as well as Zack Schilawski and NCFC assistant coach Michael Milazzo.
Under Bader’s guidance, the U23s have produced several standouts who went on to have successful professional careers including: Mamadou “Futty” Danso, Jordan Graye, Michael Grella, Enzo Martinez, Ike Opara, Clint Irwin, Zack Schilawski, Brian Shriver, Billy Schuler, Akira Fitzgerald, Nazmi Albadawi, and Conor Donovan.
Registration is $125 and includes a ticket to the North Carolina FC match against the San Francisco Deltas on May 6.
In February, it was announced that the U23 program would join the PDL starting in 2017, renewing rivalries with several North and South Carolina foes, including the Carolina Dynamo, Myrtle Beach Mutiny, Charlotte Eagles, Wilmington Hammerheads and Tobacco Road FC. Click here for full release.
The PDL, a part of the United Soccer Leagues which also operates the Division II USL and Super Y League, has proven to be an important steppingstone for top professionals in North America and around the world. The league counts NCFC goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre, defender Steven Miller, midifielder Tiyi Shipalane and forward Brian Shriver among its many alumni who went on to enjoy successful professional careers in soccer.
WHO: North Carolina FC U23
WHAT: Open Tryouts
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 and 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: WakeMed Soccer Park, 101 Soccer Park Drive, Cary, NC 27511
REGISTRATION: $125 – Click Here
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Soccer players aged 18 to 23.