2003 Jan 16

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders to Hold Open Tryouts at Seahawks Stadium March 1-2

(Seattle, WA) The Seattle Sounders and the Seattle Sounders Select women's team host their 2003 open tryouts on March 1st and 2nd at Seahawks Stadium. The men's open tryout takes place from 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on both days with the women taking the field from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The men's tryouts are for players with previous A-League, D-3 or high-level professional playing experience.

"Tryouts will give many players a chance to showcase their skills," said Brian Schmetzer, head coach of the Sounders. "We'll look at everyone quite seriously and evaluate how they might be able to help our club in 2003."

Players need to bring their own soccer equipment including: field turf shoes or flats, jogging shoes, shin guards, and other soccer apparel. The Sounders will provide ice, water, and medical supervision. The cost is $75 for the men's tryout and $50 for the women's tryout (non-refundable processing fee, payable by cash or money order). Locker rooms will be provided.

Participants are asked to send in their soccer resume before coming to the tryouts. Fax resumes to (425) 643-3515.

Players are responsible for all their costs including transportation, lodging and meals.

For those players in need of lodging, the Sounders are offering a room discount at the West Coast Bellevue Hotel. Phone (800) 222-8733 and ask for the "Sounders Group Rate" to receive the discount. The hotel is approximately 20 minutes from Seahawks Stadium.

Directions to Seahawks Stadium:
Take I-5 North or South to the 4th Avenue South exit. Parking will be available in the north parking lot. Enter the stadium through the east access road.

All participants will have an opportunity to display their skills but the Sounders do not guarantee any roster spots.