KINGSTON, NY – Over 150 people registered for the Kingston Stockade semi pro soccer team tryout on Saturday at Dietz stadium. 70 hopefuls braved the 35 degree temperature for a chance to make the 2018 roster.
“It’s very hard in an open tryout to impress the coaches”, noted Stockade head coach David Lindholm. “What we’re looking for are guys who can play simple and effective soccer. That are smart and quick on the ball so they don’t hold the ball too much, they play smart soccer.”
The youngest player trying out was Colin Murray, a sophomore at Rhinebeck H.S. “It was pretty intimidating playing with guys twice my size and twice my weight, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Jack Carlllo was one of the older players to try out. At 30 years old, Carillo is a soccer coach at Iona Prep and was also the head soccer coach at Washingtonville before that. “I was part of the early tryout and they asked me to stick around for the second tryout”, he said. “More reps means more opportunity so I feel pretty good”.
When asked how many open roster spots there are, Lindholm responded, “It’s hard to say. If the right player comes along then we have a spot for them.”
Club owner Dennis Crowley feels good about this year, coming off winning the conference championship in 2017. “I think it got everyone really excited that plays for the club, it got the community excited, and I think people are really motivated to be part of the team.”
The Stockade opens its regular season on May 12 at 6 p.m. hosting the Rhode Island Reds, but will play the Marist College Men’s soccer team on April 27th and will also compete in the U.S. Cup Open on May 9th.
For more information go to stockadefc.com