Inspired Players Brave the Elements at Weekend Tryout
The Wildcats have high expectations for this season.
West Windsor, N.J. (Tuesday, January 13, 2009) – The New Jersey Wildcats saw that the future of the franchise is in good hands after a talented group of players participated in their U20/U23 tryouts this past Saturday at Mercer County Community College. Despite a steady downpour of winter snow, a nice crop of athletes weathered the conditions to put their skills on display.
“I was very pleased with the individuals who came out to the tryouts,” Wildcats U23 head coach Homere Breton commented. “They came out with a tremendous amount of pounce and ability to play. It is very exciting to see them play at such a high level in those conditions, and it really makes me look forward to the spring.”
One of the major developments of the New Jersey Wildcats since the franchise was purchased by USP Soccer is the creation of a professional development system. The Wildcats will begin their 14th season of play in the USL W-League this May, with the U20 and U23 sides having a direct link to the flagship club.
“One of the things that I can clearly see is more of a European model with the Wildcats,” Wildcats U20 head coach Pat McCarry stated. “We had very good players at these tryouts, and we will keep growing stronger as this program continues to develop.”
In the upcoming weeks, the Wildcats will make announcements regarding the players from the tryouts that will be joining them for this season. All of the player acquisitions and additional news regarding the Wildcats can be followed via the web at www.njwildcats.com.
The New Jersey Wildcats played their debut season in the W-League in 1996 and has competed every season since. Under the guidance of then-head coach Charlie Naimo, the Wildcats compiled a 41-1 regular season record from 2004-06, winning regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while taking the W-League championship in 2005. Following the 2005 season, the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year, and Naimo won the FieldTurf W-League Coach of the Year award in 2006.
The USL W-League played its inaugural season in 1995, and it is recognized as the premiere development league for female players in North America. The schedule is set to open next May and commence in August.