Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pro Tryouts Aren't for Everyone, Only for the Best Pro Soccer Tryouts Aren't for Everyone, Only the Best

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pro Tryouts Aren't for Everyone, Only for the Best Pro Soccer Tryouts Aren't for Everyone, Only the Best

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If you have dreams of being a major professional soccer player,

the Jacksonville Cyclones say you still better think twice

before trying out for the A-League.

The Cyclones, who relocated from Tampa and will begin play in

April, will hold tryouts Jan. 25 and 26 at Eagle Harbor in Clay

County. However, the tryouts are definitely not open. Players

who think they can compete at a second-division level will be

screened by Coach Dennis Viollet long before they ever touch the

field.

Viollet said top college and/or professional experience is a

must. Those who meet those qualifications can call him at

737-9800 to talk about getting invited to the tryouts. Having a

"reality check" is the key, according to team officials, who

don't want hundreds of recreational soccer players asking for a

tryout.

"Once you sign [a contract], you're a professional and you

can't play college ball anymore and that's just one reason why

we don't want little Johnny to come out there and ruin his

eligibility," said Cyclones General Manager Pete Petersen. …

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