Wilmington Hammerheads announce pro soccer open tryouts

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As the Port City’s only professional sports organization begins to turns its attention to the 2016 season, Wilmington Hammerheads FC will host three professional open tryouts for the upcoming  USL regular season.

These professional combines will give potential players a chance to showcase their abilities in front of new Head Coach Mark Briggs and other key decision makers for the Hammerheads. Eligible college seniors, free agents and amateur players seeking a professional contract are invited to register.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC will hold three player combines in 2016. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Wilmington Hammerheads FC will hold three player combines in 2016. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC


 “We are excited for the combines this year,” said Briggs, who was named the clubs new head coach after in late October. “Our combines are unique because they offer a great platform for players to earn themselves a professional contract and we rely on them to add talent to our team.”

The tryout dates are January 30-31, 2016 and February 20-21, 2016 at Cape Fear Regional Soccer Park in Wilmington and February 6-7, 2016 at the Capelli Sport Center in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

“Each of the past three seasons we’ve seen players offered professional contracts directly from our combines and we look forward to seeing the prospects this year,” said General Manager Jason Arnold. One of those talents signed last year was midfielder Stefan Defregger who played 15 matches during the 2015 campaign. The Hammerheads recently announced they would be picking up their team option on Defregger and bringing him back for the 2016 USL season.

Players interested in attending these professional combines can register online by clicking here. A complete registration form must be filled out prior to the combine. Players must indicate the combine date in which they plan to attend and a registration fee of $175 is due before they can participate. All players are required to bring a form of valid identification (i.e. Driver’s License, passport, etc.) and personal equipment to the tryout. Registration does not include transportation, meals, or hotel costs. There will be no refunds for cancelled registration.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC struggled to find the goal during 2015 as the lowest scoring team in the USL. They finished 3-15-10, with 22 goals for compared to 42 goals against at the bottom of the 12-team Eastern Conference.