Dayton Dutch Lions FC will be holding open tryouts for their 2015 PDL team on 21 & 22 February at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton. Registration will begin at 9 A.M. on Saturday, followed by small-sided games. Eleven versus eleven matches will begin after lunch and proceed until 4 P.M.
Tryouts are open to the public, and I’d like to encourage Oranje Legion members and casual fans to attend. This is our first opportunity to get a look at the new team, and will be our first chance to get together and start getting organized for the new season. The 11v11 matches will be the time to get our voices tuned up!
If there is enough interest, I may bring the grill for hot dogs and cooler of beverages. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know if you’re planning on attending.
What Kind of Roster Will DDLFC Field in 2015?
I was curious about the type of player that Dutch Lions hope to attract now that we have returned to PDL, so I went to Technical Director Sid van Druenen for some answers.
Are any of the previous PRO players going to be on the PDL roster? I’m thinking about guys like Kissinger and Shane.
SvD: Most likely yes.
Have you been scouting regional college talent for inclusion on the team?
SvD: Yes. Have been talking mostly to the local college coaches and spoke to some of the local bigger talents as well. Interest has been good so far.
There were several Dutch players on the previous 2010 PDL team, can we expect to see more of the same in 2015?
SvD: We can have 10 international players on the roster and 8 guys over 23 years old so we are definitely looking at bringing some quality international players in. The thought process will be that these guys will have to make a difference compared to the local players available.
Who are some of the guys that have already been invited to the second day (invite only portion) of the tryouts?
SvD: Local players from the local colleges that have interest in playing PDL. I don’t mind providing you with a list of names closer to the day.
Who Is Going to Coach This Club?
The team is, of course, due for another coaching change. I inquired about the identity of the new coach. I learned that a new coach has been selected, and the announcement would come shortly