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November 7, 2010
The Smith River Sports Complex will host a FC New York invite only professional tryout at the Smith River Sports Complex on January 8-9, 2010. Matt Weston, Technical Director for FC New York, will invite the top 20 Division 1 colleges, 12 Virginia Division 1 colleges, 12 North Carolina Division 1 colleges and 10 South Carolina Division 1 colleges to participate in the event at the Complex.

FC New York are holding three professional tryouts between November and January. The third date of January 15-16, 2010 back in New York has recently been set where the best talent form the first two tryouts will be asked back for a final assessment. An evaluation of some of the countries best players will also be on the agenda of Technical Director Matt Weston as he plans to attend the Annual USL Combine in late January before finalizing his roster.

Weston has compiled a list of players he would like to target alongside the players who have already been "screened" and asked to attend. "I am looking for a mixture of players, from the outstanding college graduate to the seasoned pro. It's important to find a player with the desire to make it at the pro level as well as the confidence and ability to ensure they stay there. Having a good blend of youth and experience is also key as the youngsters can grow and blossom under the tutelage of not only the coaching staff, but also the seasoned professionals who know what it takes to play at this level," said Weston.

Instrumental in bringing the professional tryouts to the Smith River Complex is current Director of Coaching for the Piedmont Youth Soccer Club and Averett University Assistant, Edna Crehan. Crehan said" I am currently involved in soccer at all levels in this area, from University to Club and Olympic Development and I have seen the huge growth and love for the game over the past year and a half. When this opportunity arose with Matt I had to jump at it. Soccer in this area is growing and with these tryouts coming to the area I have no doubt it will add interest to an area that has a huge soccer appetite for the beautiful game," said Crehan. For more information or questions, contact Kimberly Payne at 403-5970 or Matt Weston at 866-827-0154.