The Fort Lauderdale Strikers welcomed more than 80 players to their Summer 2013 tryouts which took place on Saturday, July 13 at the Strikers' training facility at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Interim head coach Ricardo Lopes, along with assistant coach Raoul Voss and other respected coaches from around South Florida were on hand to evaluate players, some of whom traveled from as far as Argentina to try out for the team.
"As is the case with all the tryouts we have, the diversity of the players trying out is great to see," said Strikers' assistant coach Raoul Voss. "Being able to have a tryout today was great timing. It gives several players the opportunity to join us on trial for preseason before we start the Fall season in the NASL."
The open tryouts have been an excellent source of talent for the Strikers, who have signed several players, including Haitian defender Stephane Guillaume and Colombian-American midfielder Manny Gonzalez, from their play in an open tryout. Both contributed significant minutes this season and happened to be on hand to watch the tryouts, this time from the sidelines.
"The only thing you can do when you are playing in a tryout is to always give your best effort regardless of the position you are put in," remarked Guillaume. "I'm just trying my best to get the best out of me. Because whatever happens, I'll be satisfied with the decision knowing I gave everything I have."
The tryouts kicked off at 8:00am with the players split up into four teams. The teams faced off against one another as the coaches watched for players who distinguished themselves.
"We are looking at overall talent. What we want to see is a high technical level, for them to be able to match the speed of our team's training sessions," said Voss.
The Strikers kick off the Fall season against the New York Cosmos on Aug. 3 in New York, before the home opener against Minnesota on Aug. 10 at Lockhart Stadium. Tickets are on sale now through the Strikers website.
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