Sporting Kansas City 2015 Open Tryouts will take place on June 13th and 14th, 2015 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, MO.
Sporting Kansas City hosts Open Tryouts once a year for the first 200 players (18 years and older) that apply. The Open Tryouts are held during the beginning of the summer transfer window for one weekend in June. This is the best opportunity to be seen by the Sporting Kansas City technical staff for evaluation.
“The last seven years we have been pleased with the number of talented players who have taken part in our open tryouts,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. “We are always looking to improve our roster, and these tryouts give us a chance to get a look at players who might be trying to take a less conventional route to MLS.”
Chosen finalists will then get the opportunity to tryout with the Sporting first team during the Summer Transfer Window with the chance of securing a contract. Final tryout information and times will be provided to each participant closer to the event.
Kansas City has held open tryouts each of the last seven seasons dating back to 2008, which was the first time since the inaugural 1996 season that the team had given an opportunity to players from across the globe to participate in an organized open tryout. The tryouts have consistently drawn approximately 200 players from more than a dozen different countries annually.
Cost: $258 payable by credit card or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) or via PayPal transfer.
When: June 13th & 14th, 2015
Where: Swope Soccer Village (6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City, MO 64132)
Who: Only players 18 and older may register.
Registration: Click here to register for 2015 Open Tryouts
Recommended Hotel: A group of rooms are available at a discounted rate at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kansas City Sport Complex Area (8551 East Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64133)
To reserve a room and get the 2015 SKC Open Tryout discounted rate, please use this webpage link or call Pamela at 816-997-9444.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Will Sporting Kansas City assist and pay for travel to participate in the tryout?
A: No. Participants will pay for any and all airfare, hotel, food and transportation.
Q: Will Sporting Kansas City assist in securing a visa?
A: No. Sporting Kansas City will not assist in securing visa for foreign players or provide any invitation letters of any kind.
Q: If I cannot participate but have already registered and paid in full, can I get a refund?
A: Sporting Kansas City will refund the tryout fee only if a player cannot participate due to injury. If a refund is processed, a refund fee of $33 will be applied. Refunds also must be requested no later than Sunday, May 31st, 2015.
Q: What airport should I use if I am flying?
A: If flying to Kansas City, use Kansas City International Airport (MCI, 601 Brasilia Avenue, Kansas City, MO)
Q: When do you recommend I arrive into Kansas City?
A: Participants will need to arrive on Friday, June 12th in the evening as the try-out will start as early as 8am on the 13th.
Q: When do you recommend I schedule my flight out of Kansas City?
A: Flights out of Kansas City can be arranged for Sunday, June 14th after 3pm.
Q: What is the structure of the tryouts? Am I guaranteed to play on both days?
A: The tryout will consist of a session of small-sided games on Saturday with all tryout participants. Select players will be called back for Sunday’s session which will consist of an 11v11 game. Not all players will be selected for Sunday’s session.
Q: What do I need to bring on the day of the tryout?
Q: If I am not yet 18, may I still participate?
A: No. If you are not 18, you will not be allowed to participate in the Open Tryout. However, you are still eligible for Sporting KC Academy’s Under 18 team. All players born in 1997 or later will be eligible for SKC Academy’s U18 tryout in May 2015. Please visit www.sportingkc.com/academy/tryouts for more information.
Q: Has anyone ever been played in Open Tryouts and was offered a contract?
A: Yes, in 2008, the club signed two players to professional contracts later that season following Open Tryouts. Nelson Pizarro appeared in three matches, while Kevin Souter played in ten games over two seasons, including two appearances in the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
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