ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis FC hosted its 2015 Open Tryouts at World Wide Technology Soccer Park on Sunday, with nearly 100 players getting the chance to catch the eye of the STL FC Coaching Staff.
In total, 98 players from five different continents participated in Sunday's tryouts.
Last season, eight players were brought back for the team's Invite Trials, with one player, Parker Maher, reaching the first team.
"These players can stand out with their athleticism and technique," Head Coach Dale Schilly said. "If they can perform favorably in this environment and stand out among the others, then they may get the opportunity to be invited back."
Players traveled from near and far to take part in Sunday's open trials.
Cole Galloway made the five-hour drive from Valparaiso, Indiana to St. Louis for the tryouts. He played collegiate soccer at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., and had heard about the tryouts through a friend with the Chicago Fire, Saint Louis FC's MLS affiliate club.
"I watched quite a few USL matches last season," Galloway said. "It's a league that's growing every year, and (Saint Louis FC) is a new team that can definitely make an impact in its second seaosn."
Other players, such as Daniel Oparaocha, had a longer distance to travel. Oparaocha has only lived in the U.S. for four months after moving from Nigeria in August.
"I just want to do my best and get to highest level I possibly can," he said. "I've watched some STL FC games on YouTube. It's a very good side and I'm excited to be here."
Saint Louis FC Invite Trials are scheduled to be held in January. More details regarding the invitational sessions will be announced prior to the event.
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