TACOMA, WA— The second time around is here for South Sound Football Club. The “Shock” are back for the start of their Evergreen Premier League campaign after finishing just one point out of first place in 2014. SSFC is hosting their open tryouts this weekend, April 4-5 starting at 10 AM at Truman Middle School.
Shock head coach Adam Becker says his club learned a lot during last year’s great title race. “We learned last year the importance of every game,” says the Tacoma native. “Points are very crucial in a league as competitive as ours, it came down to the last game last year between several clubs.”
Becker knows that having depth for a 14-match marathon is also crucial. “The growth of young players is really important. With any season there is going to be adversity and you have to have depth. Last year we had several injuries and had to rely on our young guys to get the job done.”
Video from last year’s SSFC Open Tryouts
The Shock will be looking for players of all kinds this weekend. They are open to finding guys who they might not have seen before. “You can always find worth in open try outs,” says Becker. “With local soccer growing in our area more guys are looking to play at a high level. Owner John Crouch and I believe that everyone deserves a chance. We will be looking for several young players that stand out. By stand out I mean playing simple and smart soccer. Someone that can grow and learn with the club.”
“This year we really focused on young college recruits,” Becker reveals. “So far we have kids coming from Highline CC, Edmonds CC, PLU, UPS and one kid from Sweden! Returners are also coming from Western Washington University, PLU, St. Martin’s and Waldorf college. It was my goal for our team to fill in the holes with all college athletes. Last year a good portion of our team hadn’t competed in college ball. This year our team will be very well-rounded of local talent and college kids striving to get to the next level.”
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