EPPING, NH - Seacoast United held tryouts for the 2019/20 Soccer Club season at their Epping location during the first two weeks of June. In attendance were both male and female players, who ranged from the U9 to U19 levels. After tryouts have finished, the players are assigned to teams competing in the Boys’ and Girls’ New England National Premier League, the New England Premiership, as well as the US Soccer Development Academy and Pre Academy.
While the kids were out on the field showing off their skills, many of their parents stood in support on the sidelines, soaking up the scene and the warm weather. Some were watching their kids try out for the first time, while others had been coming for years, as their children continue to return to the club.
“It’s part athletic, but it’s also part social for my son,” said parent of the program, Miren Doody. “He’s developed a lot of friendships from various different teams.”
Tom Galante, father of U15 and U16 players Allison and Jessica Galante, also spoke of how the Seacoast United Soccer Club has benefitted his daughters socially.
“I think the best part of it is that they get to meet different people from different areas of the seacoast and make other friends outside of their high school friends,” said Galante. He also observed how his daughters have developed “a strong work ethic of staying in shape and being dedicated to the team” during their time playing for Seacoast United.
Among the crowd of players and parents were a handful of coaches, tasked with directing and reviewing the players to be placed into one of the various teams Seacoast offers. In addition to evaluating the player, the coaches also took on the role of keeping the kids at ease while they endured the tryout process.
“I hope that they develop strong friendships,” said Director of Goalkeeping Andrew Pesci. “We are working to produce top level soccer players so they can go off and play at the highest level, and I hope that that’s what most of our kids here strive for.”
Those who have completed tryouts and have been selected as club members will begin their preseason practices as early as August, two weeks prior to their first game. The kids will continue to play well into the 2019/20 school year, making friends and improving technical skills along the way.