EDMONDS, WA. — (press release) After evaluating 105 players who participated in the North Sound SeaWolves tryout on Saturday, March 30 at Edmonds Stadium, coach Ed Moore and owner Alex Silva announced that 19 players have advanced through the preliminary round of trials.
Those 19 players will be invited to play in a pair of exhibition matches, on April 20 against Gonzaga and April 27 against Northwest University. Times and locations will be determined.
“The tryouts were a huge success,” Moore said. “We had players from more than five states come. We got a great chance to evaluate every player and there were definitely some talented players that made for some tough decisions. We’ll further evaluate them in a game environment and see who is a good fit for the team.”
Players came from as far away as California and Montana, as well as Washington, Oregon and Idaho, for a chance to join the SeaWolves and were joined by a few members of last year’s team expected to return for 2013. Among those advancing were several with Snohomish County ties.
Former Jackson High School (Mill Creek) standout Tye Hastings, now a midfielder at Western Washington University was successful, as were Edmonds Community College players Josimar Evangelista and Andrew McDonald, a former star at Shorecrest High School (Shoreline). Goalkeeper Evan Gaul, a member of the 2012 SeaWolves, advanced, as did Seattle University’s Trevor Bartels, a former standout at Shoreline’s King’s School whose uncle Chris Bartels was a member of the original Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League. Finally, Andres Suazo, a former member of the United States U-17 National Team pool, continues on.
The others being invited back include: Alan Villavicencio, George Gonzales, Rodrigo Campo, Ibrahim Haruna Lairan, Andrew Ohanesian, Akash Ranachandran, Solomon Gold, Surafel Wodajo, Jerson Mejia, Brandon Blanks, Drew Ferris, Dohee Kim and Nick Rosato.
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“It’s a good start for us,” Silva said. “It was exciting to see so many players come out to the tryout, it shows that people are interested in being a part of what we’re doing. We’ll be able to tell more after the two exhibition games.”
The SeaWolves are a member of the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. The team plays its home games at Edmonds Stadium between May and July, with the home-opener set for May 18 against the Portland Timbers U-23.