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SeaWolves FC to hold tryout March 24 in Marysville

MARYSVILLE — The North Sound SeaWolves FC will be holding its second open tryout of the preseason from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the soccer complex at 4808 152nd St. NE in Marysville.

The tryout is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 16 or older. Pre-registration is now available on the club's website, at www.seawolvesfc.com, for $32. Players may also register at the field on tryout day for $50, cash only.

"I'm thankful to the Marysville Youth Soccer Club for providing us with the facilities for this tryout," SeaWolves owner and coach Alex Silva said. "This gives us a chance to reach the community in northern Snohomish County and allows us to continue building strong relationships with local youth clubs like the MYSC, which is a priority for us."

The SeaWolves' first tryout on Feb. 18 at Edmonds Stadium drew 50 participants, with 22 being invited back to the second tryout.

"We had a lot of requests from players who couldn't make the first tryout, so we are going to give people who couldn't make it another chance," Silva said. "This gives us a chance to take a look at more players, and also gives us a chance to reach into a community that is important to us."

One of the most popular members of the 2011 SeaWolves was Brady Ballew, a graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Ballew, who now plays at Seattle University, has signed on to rejoin the SeaWolves in 2012.

"We're looking forward to working with the SeaWolves in promoting a higher level of soccer in Marysville and the surrounding communities," said Brady Blankenship, president of the Marysville Youth Soccer Club. "What a great way not only to help build a fan base for the SeaWolves, but also to expose players and the community to a higher level of competitive soccer. It gives players in our surrounding areas opportunities that are not usually available to them."

The SeaWolves are members of the Premier Development League, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. Their 16-game season begins May 20. They will play eight home games at Edmonds Stadium, beginning Friday, June 1, against the Washington Crossfire.

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