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January 2, 2011

The Smith River Sports Complex will host an invite-only tryout this weekend for FC New York, a team in the professional United Soccer League.

The tryouts are bringing players from 15 countries - Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland, England, Denmark, Italy, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Canada and Japan - and over 16 states.

The main event for fans is a showcase game, which will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. That follows the first actual tryout from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A second tryout will be held the following day from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

There will be about 65 players at the tryout, the second of three for FC New York. The third tryout will take place Jan. 15-16 in New York, and will showcase the best talent from the first two tryouts.

FC New York technical director Matt Weston will also attend the annual USL Combine in late January before finalizing his roster.

"After a very competitive and high caliber November tryout in New York, the search is well and truly underway to assemble the roster for FC New York's inaugural season in USL Pro," said Weston. "Our tryouts on January 8th and 9th at the Smith River Sports Complex in Southern Virginia are brimming with excellent resumes, with players flying in from around the world as well as all four corners of the U.S. We hope to discover some real talent and have high hopes that the weekend will produce the talent we want to wear the FCNY shirt in 2011.'

For more information, contact Billy Russo at 403-5968 or Matt Weston at 866-827-0154.

Martinsville Bulldog Booster

Club will meet Monday

The Martinsville Bulldog Booster Club will meet Monday at Arts & Deli, which includes dinner served beginning at 6pm.

The business session will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a report from Martinsville boys varsity basketball coach Kelvin Jackson. All interested parties are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Tim Byrd at 638-2727 or 252-5052.