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Sueño MLS presented by Allstate kicks off in Dallas

FRISCO, Texas -- Three years ago, Nestor Limas was in his room when his mother received a phone call from his great uncle. They spoke about a commercial he had seen promoting some kind of soccer-trial event. Nestor's mother smiled and relayed the message to her son. He wasn't sure what it was all about, but he promised himself that he would one day take part in the competition.

On Saturday, Limas fulfilled that promise. He made the 1,800-mile journey from Andover, Massachusetts, to Frisco, Texas, pursuing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player as part of Sueño MLS presented by Allstate.

“I’ve been preparing for it ever since," Limas told MLSsoccer.com before the first training sessions. "I’m not nervous. I’m calm and ready to perform. I feel ready, and I just have to give it my all. This is my dream this where I want to be.”

Limas was one of over 400 athletes competing in this year’s Sueno MLS presented by Allstate for a chance to earn one of five outfield player invitations to a week-long trial with their respective youth development host club and an invitation to the exciting four-day “Final Event,” which will be staged in Los Angeles next month.

First-round tryouts lasted all day. The pressure and longevity of took a toll on young hopefuls, but with nothing but a dream on their mind, they battled to impress judges like FC Dallas Junior Academy coach Francisco Molina.

“I think everybody out here has a dream to one day be a professional soccer player especially the Hispanic kids,” Molina said. “They grow up watching soccer and their parents playing soccer so it’s their dream. We want to help them accomplish that. I told them you never know who’s watching so always be prepared.”

After the competitors participated in a variety of drills including various 11 on 11 scrimmages, they took a break from the action to get advice from FC Dallas home grown players Moises Hernandez and Victor Ulloa.

“It’s been fun. It was great to have the opportunity to meet MLS players. It was really cool,” said Carlos Miranda, who made the trip from Wichita, Kansas. “Victor and Moises talked to us for a bit and told us to never give up no matter what happens. They said not to let people’s criticism bother you. Just keep working hard.”

While most of the attention was focused on skill players, former Mexican goalkeeper Felix Fernandez made sure the goalies were not overlooked. Fernandez exclusively worked with the position group throughout the day and jumped in the action himself as he dove for balls and leaped for saves.

“He’s a really good goalie. He was really interactive. He actually ended up being my partner so he really worked me,” said Adrian Castro, who starts at goalkeeper for Dallas Adamson High School. “I had a lot of fun. He told us to never give up and keep working hard. He’s a role model and some I can take after. I hope I get to follow in his footsteps.”

Twenty-nine players, who were honored at halftime of the FC Dallas-Montreal Impact match later that evening, were selected to move onto Sunday's Round 2 trial session.

“It’s the MLS, so of course everybody wants a spot,” said Rafael Fernandez, a midfielder from Irving, Texas. “We’re all from different places, but we all love the same sport and share the same passion for it.”

Sunday Finalists

  • Daniel Abarca, GK
  • Livan Aguirre, GK
  • Daniel Carrizales, M
  • Luis De Leon, M
  • Roberto Del Castillo, F
  • Christian Funes, M
  • George Hernandez, D
  • Jose Hernandez, F
  • Alexis Ibarra, F
  • Eric Macias, F
  • Pedro Ocampo, M
  • Salomon Ocampo, F
  • Alexis Ortiz Perez, D
  • Michael Paniagua, D
  • Luis Ramirez, M
  • Rogelio Ramos, F
  • Luis Rodriguez, M
  • Jose Romero, F
  • Diego Sanchez, F
  • Keven Sanchez, M
  • Tony Santibanez, F
  • Carlos Sifontes, M
  • Julio Solano, F
  • Jonathan Tiggs, D
  • Luis Vargas, D
  • Alfredo Vasquez, M
  • Antonio Velasco, M
  • Inocencio Velazquez, M
  • Bryan Viramontes, M