ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis FC completed its first set of invite trials this week, as 26 players from around the country competed over a three-day period for a spot on the club’s roster.
“The invite trial was very much a success,” Head Coach Dale Schilly said. “The players demonstrated a very high level of professionalism, determination, and commitment. Five sessions in two and a half days is not easy, but the level of intensity in the final minutes of the last session was the same, if not better than, what we saw in the first minute of the first session.”
The trials took place between Oct. 7-9, featuring three training sessions and two scrimmages during that span. All sessions were held at the Soccer Park, with the exception of Wednesday night’s scrimmage, which took place in Collinsville, Ill.
Schilly mentioned that the overall talent level of the group stood out after the players eased their nerves.
“Once the guys settled in and understood that one great moment was not going to put a player in the team or one bad moment was not going to send them packing, the quality went up,” Schilly added. “Based on what we saw this week, there will be players from this camp that will hopefully play for Saint Louis FC.”
Off the field, the players sat in on an introductory presentation on Tuesday before going through individual interviews with the STL FC coaching staff on Wednesday.
General Manager Jeremy Alumbaugh noted the excitement that surrounded the invite trials for players, staff, and fans alike.
“It's always good to see the players out on the field enjoying the game,” Alumbaugh said. “This was a bit special because it was the first opportunity to see players compete for Saint Louis FC, and the opportunity to represent not only the club but the entire St. Louis community.”
Saint Louis FC will be hosting three additional tryouts in the coming months. The club will be holding an open trial on November 30th, as well as two invitational trials in January 2015.
Additional information regarding future tryouts can be found here.