Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Kingston FC preparing for 2013 - Open Tryouts (Updated)

Today, the CSL announced that they are preparing for the new season, despite the de-sanctioning announcement from the CSA in February.

Along with this announcement, they confirmed that the TFC Academy team had withdrawn from the league, as this would be due to issues discussed previously.

The season is expected to start late April, the league's earliest start, with Kingston FC's home opener taking place on May 5th at the Queen's West Campus field.

One worrisome note with the CSL continuing forward is how this might affect the eligibility of active CIS players who have signed with CSL teams, including Queen's players Joe Zupo and David Tom with Kingston FC.

Other CIS players recently signed by Kingston FC include midfielder Jason Massie and goalkeeper Andrew Murphy from the Cape Breton Capers, defender Rory Kennedy from St. Mary’s Huskies and striker Guillaume Surot from L'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). CIS players returning from last season include midfielder Jean-Michel Paulin from Nipissing and defender and last year’s captain Jacob O’Connor from Ryerson.

Kingston FC will be holding open tryouts next week beginning Monday, March 18th. This will take place at the Queen's West Campus turf field starting at 6:30pm, with a second session Tuesday, March 19th at Tindall Field starting at 7:15pm. These two evening sessions will be open, and everyone who shows up will be run through drills and evaluation, at a cost of $50 per participant to help defray costs. At the end of day two, a limited number of players will be asked to return for the more intense third and final evening. They will have a chance to work out with current team members. This final session will take place Wednesday, March 20th at the Queen's West Campus field, again at 6:30pm.

Club President Joe Scanlon said that after that final session, “A player may be offered a full season contract. He may be offered a spot on our taxi squad. Finally, he may be told that we have no space for him on the 2013 roster.”

The taxi squad will consist of four or five players expected to join the team mid-summer in order to replace players returning to university. Scanlon noted, “some of our current players under amateur contracts still have university eligibility. When they return to school, our season still has six to eight weeks left, and possibly more with playoffs. Our taxi squad players can begin training with us in mid-July, so they can slot into the roster in mid-August. If they perform well, we will offer them a contract for the 2014 CSL season.”

UPDATE: The tryouts have moved from the Queen's West Campus turf field to Tindall Field. If the weather is poor, they may move into the Queen's ARC into the upper gymnasium.

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