'08 Barons PDL tryouts coming soon

Euro Sports Center in Egg Harbor to host on Jan. 5-6

Just as we are about to change the calendar and say goodbye to 2007, the Ocean City Barons are already preparing for a successful 2008 season.
The Euro Sports Center in Egg Harbor will host the 2008 Ocean City Barons open tryouts on Jan. 5-6. For more information on the Euro Sports Center, visit their website at www.eurosportscenter.com.
Tryouts for the Barons’ Premier Development League (PDL) team will be held at the Euro Sports Center in Egg Harbor on January 5th and 6th.

The Euro Sports Center is a state-of-the-art multi-sport indoor facility located on Grant Street in the Egg Harbor City Industrial Park just off of White Horse Pike. In addition to indoor soccer, they also host lacrosse, flag football, field hockey and martial arts. The Euro Sports Center is also the site for South Jersey Pro Soccer’s "First Touch" winter training program.

Just as we are about to change the calendar and say goodbye to 2007, the Ocean City Barons are already preparing for a successful 2008 season.

The Euro Sports Center in Egg Harbor will host the 2008 Ocean City Barons open tryouts on Jan. 5-6. For more information on the Euro Sports Center, visit their website at www.eurosportscenter.com.
Tryouts for the Barons’ Premier Development League (PDL) team will be held at the Euro Sports Center in Egg Harbor on January 5th and 6th.

The Euro Sports Center is a state-of-the-art multi-sport indoor facility located on Grant Street in the Egg Harbor City Industrial Park just off of White Horse Pike. In addition to indoor soccer, they also host lacrosse, flag football, field hockey and martial arts. The Euro Sports Center is also the site for South Jersey Pro Soccer’s "First Touch" winter training program.

"We are excited to have teamed up with the Euro Sports Center," said Barons general manager Neil Holloway. "It is the perfect partnership as we are looking to provide quality training for youth players year-round and utilize the facility to draw top-class collegiate players to our upcoming tryouts."

"This winter tryout provides the players with a chance to show us how they’ve been progressing and allows any players that we may have missed to show us what they have to offer," said Holloway.

There have been plenty of success stories that have emerged from the Barons open tryouts. Most recently, Chris Williams, who was playing his college ball at Division II Philadelphia University, was largely unknown when he showed up for tryouts back in 2004. After spending three seasons with the Barons, he is now is playing professionally for Miami FC of the USL First Division (coached by Brazilian World Cup winner Zinho), and also plays indoor for the Philadelphia Kixx of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

The tryouts, which are open to any and all players, begin on Saturday, January 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All players planning to attend are required to send their soccer resumes to Barons’ head coach Mike Pellegrino (mpellegrino@sjbarons.com). There is a $20 tryout registration fee, and players are asked to arrive by 3:00 p.m. that day to check in. The second day of tryouts continues on Sunday, January 6, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: For players trying out, there are no cleats allowed at the Euro Sports Center. Players must wear turf shoes or flats.

Directions to the Euro Sports Center (from EuroSportsCenter.com)

From Atlantic City:
Go West on Route 30 (White Horse Pike) for approximately 16 miles to Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City. A large champagne bottle and wine casket indicate Tuscany House and Renault Winery which are located on this avenue. Turn right on to Bremen Avenue and Route 674 and continue straight crossing over Route 561 (Herr’s Potato Chip warehouse to your left). Continue less than a mile down and make a left into the Industrial Park at Grant Avenue. We are 500 yards down on the left.

From Philadelphia:
Go East on the Atlantic City Expressway to the Egg Harbor City/Mays Landing exit #17. Keep left at the exit making a left onto Route 50 North. Make a right onto Route 30 (White Horse Pike). Go two traffic lights and make a left on to Bremen Ave and Route 674. Continue straight crossing over Route 561 (Herr’s Potato Chip warehouse to your left). Continue less than a mile down and make a left into the Industrial Park at Grant Avenue. We are 500 yards down on the left.

From South Jersey:
Go North on the Garden State Parkway to the food/service center exit mile marker 41 (Jimmie Leeds rest-stop). Go to the north end of the service center and at the first stop sign make a left and then an immediate right. Turn left at the next traffic light and follow Jimmie Leeds Road until you reach a fork and bear right. Follow Route 561 through several intersections until you reach Bremen Avenue, making a right turn on to it before Herr’s Potato Chip warehouse. Continue less than a mile down and make a left into the Industrial Park at Grant Avenue. We are 500 yards down on the left.

From North Jersey:
Go South on the Garden State Parkway to exit 44. Take 2 immediate right turns onto Alt. Route 561 (Moss Mill Road). Travel approximately five miles to Bremen Avenue, making a left turn onto it. Make a right into the Industrial Park at Grant Avenue. We are 500 yards down on the left.

About the Ocean City Barons

The Ocean City Barons are a minor league soccer franchise that plays in the Premier Development League (PDL) -- the top men’s amateur league in North America. The PDL is considered the 4th level of soccer in the United States below Major League Soccer, and the United Soccer League’s First and Second Divisions. Players have the ability to compete in the PDL throughout the summer months in a professionalized setting while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is the proving ground for players that aspire to reach the highest levels of the game, while providing affordable family entertainment to the Ocean City community.

Founded in 1997, the Barons are entering their 12th year of existence in 2008. They continued their tradition of success on the field last year when they qualified for the PDL playoffs and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, both for the third time in the last four years. The highlight of the season came in the First Round of the Open Cup when they upset Crystal Palace Baltimore, a professional team from the United Soccer League’s Second Division, 1-0 on June 26 at Carey Stadium in Ocean City. Since the Barons joined the PDL in 2003, 14 players have moved on to play professionally.

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