Written by Robert Kerr, Staff Writer
Oakland County FC was finally able to hold their 2018 tryout session and welcome participants to Clawson Stadium on the afternoon of Saturday, April, 21. The day was unrecognizable to that of the originally planned sessions, where rain, ice, and wind forced OCFC to postpone the tryout event. Under a hazy sun and a cool breeze, more than 40 players from across the region were able to hit the field. With OCFC staff and well-wishers on hand to watch, the hopeful players battled for a chance to join the 2018 squad.
Head Coach Darryl Evans had a clear message to the players as to what he was looking for as he addressed the group, both before and after the tryout. “I am looking at fitness, the first touch, passing, movement off the ball. I’m also looking at your decision making, especially with our first drill. Looking if are you checking over your shoulder to turn with the ball. And If you loose the ball, are you getting back to get into position?”
Coach Evans put the hopeful players to the test in a two part session. To open the tryout, the group was split in half to participate in fast paced, three versus two attacking drills. Each group at opposite ends of the field, attacking each goal. The session then became a full sided scrimmage in the latter stages as coaches split the full group into three teams. Intensity and passion ramped up as the session progressed. The group of players did their utmost to make a positive impression with their limited time in front of the OCFC coaches. While there were a few spirited challenges during the scrimmage, smiling faces and friendly camaraderie were always present throughout the session.
“I knew that it was going to be competitive out there, 80 percent of these guys have played at an okay level before” said coach Evans shared as players began packing up to head home. “Things you need to see here are the players soccer IQ, and their playing habits.” The bad habit of “loosing the ball and not getting back” was mentioned repeatedly by the new OCFC head coach. “You want to see if guys are able to get in the same kind of shape as our squad. So we are going to invite 8 players back to our training, and see them play with our group for a week or two, to see if they can really do it or not.”
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