PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers announced today the team will conduct its annual two-day, invitation-only tryout Jan. 19-20. Players interested in applying for a trial spot must submit a detailed resume to the Timbers by Jan. 14.
“This tryout provides players who are serious about playing at this level the opportunity to be seen, which they may not have had otherwise,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and head coach of the Timbers. “I expect a high level of competition at this year’s tryout due to the Timbers’ success in 2007, and as evidenced in past trials, we’ve picked up some quality players.”
The tryout camp is open to players 18 years of age and older. Interested players must submit a resume to Brad Nicholson, Timbers director of soccer operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes must include playing history, preferred position(s), vital statistics, coach references and may also include awards and accolades.
All participants at the two-day trial will be evaluated by the Timbers coaching staff.
Recent Timbers players signed from the annual trial include midfielders Troy Ready (2006) and Lawrence Olum (2007), forward Bryan Jordan (2007) and defender Kevin Meissner (2007).
Space is limited for the 2008 Timbers tryouts. For more information, please visit www.portlandtimbers.com.
2008 TIMBERS INVITE-TRYOUT DETAILS:
Time: Training sessions will begin each morning promptly at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided during a one-hour break at 12 noon each day. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
Location: To be determined. Players offered a trial spot will be notified of the exact training ground.
Fee: $100 for all participants. Cash, money order and credit card are accepted.
Other details: All trial participants must bring their own equipment, including appropriate shoes (turf, jogging, cleats, etc.), shin guards and other soccer apparel. Each player must bring / wear a white t-shirt to all trial activities. The Timbers will provide water, medical supervision and ice.
Hotel: Participants who do not have suitable accommodation while staying in Portland can select to have a reservation made at the Timbers’ official team hotel for an additional nightly fee. Please note that the Timbers will make all reservations on the participants’ behalf.