Puget Sound Gunners announce PDL tryout details

Puget Sound Gunners announce PDL tryout details

PS-Gunners-FC (1)ISSAQUAH, WA— (club release) The Puget Sound Gunners FC will host a two-day tryout for male athletes interested in joining the Issaquah-based Premier Development League team.

The Gunners are in the seven-team Northwest Division of the PDL, a proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure. Last year, the Gunners played their first season in Issaquah, after partnering with ISC Gunners FC.

Tryouts go from 9 a.m. to noon March 14-15 at Issaquah’s Central Park, 1907 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah. The tryouts will end Sunday, March 15 with a 3:30 p.m. scrimmage.

Gunners head coach Alex Silva is looking for players that have a positive attitude and a desire to evolve as a player in a league known for developing professional talent.

“We are looking for local and even national talent,” Silva said. “We want players that strive to make a move to the next level and have the drive to show up and give it their all on the field.”

Last year, players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Western Washington University and more suited up for the Gunners.

Athletes must be 18 or older to participate. Silva noted that those aged 23+ are welcome to tryout, since the team is able to carry up to eight players older than 23.

A pre-registration fee of $35 is required. Athletes must register online by March 13 at midnight. Sign up at http://www.iscgunners.org/pdl — click the “Register Now” button on the right side of the screen.

Anyone that shows up the day of tryouts without pre-registering will face a $50 fee.

“You have nothing to lose by trying out,” Silva said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for players and our coaching staff is willing to give everyone a fair shot. We encourage those that are considering trying out, to just come out and give it a go.”

Athletes with questions should contact Silva at alex.silva@iscgunners.org.

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About the Puget Sound Gunners FC
The Gunners are in the seven-team Northwest Division of the Premier Development League. Previously, the Gunners played as the North Sound SeaWolves, before the team partnered with the ISC Gunners FC and moved operations from Edmonds to Issaquah. Last year, players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Western Washington University and more suited up for the Gunners. The team played its home games at Issaquah High School in 2014. Learn more about the ISC Gunners FC at http://www.iscgunners.org.

About the Premier Development League
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure, the PDL features 65 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada in 2015, including 10 teams affiliated with USL PRO or Major League Soccer clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with 70 percent of all MLS draftees having PDL experience. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.

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