Miami, Fla. – The best fútbol talent in the 305 was on hand at Palmer Trinity School’s campus off the coast of Biscayne Bay in Miami this past Saturday.
Over 340 players arrived with the hopes of fulfilling their dream of playing professional fútbol, and catching the attention of Miami FC Head Coach Anthony Pulis and supporting MFC technical staff.
It was the largest attended tryout on record for Miami FC since the club’s inception in 2016.
Coach Pulis was pleased with the outcome after a day that included over eight hours of play and talent evaluation. “I thought the tryouts went really smoothly and was a great opportunity for us to look at some really good local talent,” stated Pulis. “We’re blessed to be in an area where there is a good pool of quality players who are just looking for that opportunity to showcase that skill, and we feel we’re likely walking away today knowing there is a handful of players we certainly would like to take an extra look at.”
From that pool, seven trialists that caught the attention of Miami FC Technical Staff are being invited for a second look as MFC gets set to open training camp for its 2023 USL Championship campaign. Miami FC opens its regular season at home against FC Tulsa on Saturday, March 11th.
The eagerness by Coach Pulis to get preseason started was clearly evident based on the energy he and his staff showed on Saturday, after a second straight USL Championship Playoff appearance. “We’re really excited to get preseason going. It’s been a long offseason and we’re at that stage now having the players back together in town, and physicals completed that we all just can’t wait to get to work.”
Those who were at Palmer Trinity on Saturday would have also noticed a handful of Miami FC players observing the action. One of those players included Miami FC Captain, Paco Craig. Craig gave his thoughts on the two things he saw when a tryout of this size and scope occur. “I was impressed by the amount of talent out there today. I think we also saw a lot of players who got an awakening as to the type of play that is required at this level. So it’s a good mix of both.”
As training camp opens on January 30th, Craig also discussed the importance of building on the Miami FC culture with a number of new faces joining the 2023 squad. “It’s about getting the mentality right and beginning the hard work; a time to start building relationships and…