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January 4, 2011
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. The tryouts are bringing players from 15 countries: Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland, England, Denmark, Italy, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Canada and Japan, as well as, over 16 states.

A showcase game will be held on Saturday, January 8th at 5:00pm. Tickets for the game are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6 to 12 and free for children under 5. The actual tryouts are being held from 1:00pm to 4:30pm on January 8th and from 9:00am to 1:00pm on January 9th. There will be about 65 players trying out for the FC New York team part of the United Soccer League (USL).

FC New York will hold three professional tryouts between November and January. The third date of January 15-16, 2011 back in New York will showcase the best talent from the first two tryouts. An evaluation of some of the country's 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.

"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 Matt Weston, FC New York's Technical Director. "Our tryouts on January 8th and 9th at the Smith River Sports Complex in Southern Virginia are brimming with excellent resume's, with players flying in from around the world, as well as, all four corners of the US. 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."

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, Enda 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.