Over 200 players descended upon Vancouver Island and the University of Victoria for the final stop of the Canadian Premier League’s (CPL) Got Game Open Trials on Nov. 5.
Trialists from across the globe were put through a number of physical evaluations and small-sided games in front of the league’s coaching staff that included Pacific FC assistant coach James Merriman. CPL staff and several local coaches from the island’s soccer community were also on hand to make sure the day-long event went off without a hitch.
“It’s been an impressive turnout and the energy today has been great,” said Merriman. “It’s nice to just have players here on the field in Victoria as well as connecting the soccer community—we have a great group of volunteer coaches from the area that have come to give their time. That’s been a big part of today and a big reason it’s been a success.”
The Open Trial action will carry into today, with select players participating in afternoon 11v11 scrimmages at the University of Victoria’s Field 2. The returning group will have a second day to show their skills to CPL coaching staff, with hopes of catching the eye of one of the seven CPL clubs.
Day 1 of the Canadian Premier League’s #GotGame Open Trials on Vancouver Island has come to an end, with former Canadian international striker Alex Bunbury leading the tryouts while data analytics company Kinduct gathered crucial stats on each of the participants.
Now, only 57 of the more than 220 trialists will be invited back for Day 2 in Calgary, to play in full-fielded 11-v-11 matches.
Pacific FC president Josh Simpson was impressed with the talent on display in Victoria, particularly with the character of the trialists, explaining that the reason behind that strength is due to the weather: “Almost all year round, you’re playing outdoors. You get strong as a player and you fight through the cold. Resilient and tough is an island trait, and we’re excited about the talent that’s out there today. You can see in the warmups, guys are ready to go. There’s a lot of excitement and we’re here. We’re ready to take a look.”
Having had an initial viewing, the CPL’s head coaches have weighed in with their thoughts and extended a return invite to 57 trialists for Day 2 of the Open Trials in Victoria – who might those trialists be? Here’s the first cut list:
|Gerson Andres||Sanchez Acevedo||Midfielder|
|Christian Alberta||Vazquez Romero||Midfielder|