The third and final area tryout for Sueño MLS 2016 will be held this weekend, with more than 400 aspiring young soccer players scheduled to participate in the nationally televised player search at tryouts hosted by the New York Red Bulls in Queens, New York, and Hanover, New Jersey.
Pre-registration for the New York Red Bulls event is full, but players are encouraged to sign up for the walk-up list starting at 7:30 am on Saturday. The tryouts are open to all boys ages 13-16.
Here’s how it’ll all go down: All registered players will participate in a tryout hosted by New York Red Bulls coaches and scouts on Saturday at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Fields 8 and 9 from 7:30 am-7 pm. By the end of Saturday, the scouts and coaches will whittle the field down to 22 field players and three goalkeepers, who will be invited back for a longer tryout at the Red Bulls’ training facility in New Jersey on Sunday from 9:30 am-1 pm.
New York Red Bulls players will be in attendance at Saturday’s tryout, and Univision Deportes personality Aly Villegas is scheduled to make a special appearance.
In addition to the tryouts, Sueño MLS will host a free goalkeeping clinic on Saturday from 1-2 pm at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Friends and family of participating players, as well as the general public, are invited to watch the tryouts and enjoy the interactive fan zone presented by the event partners.
Five field players and one goalkeeper will advance to the Sueño MLS finals, where they’ll compete against finalists from the LA and Portland tryouts in Southern California from May 4-7. The top goalkeeper will be named El Portero Allstate, while the three best field players will earn a trip to Miami, where the Sueño MLS winner will be announced live on the popular Univision sports show República Deportiva on May 22. Both the Sueño MLS winner and El Portero Allstate will win a spot in their local MLS team’s academy.
Now in its 10th year, Sueño MLS has discovered several top-notch players who went on to become pros or members of MLS academies. The most renowned Sueño winner is current Santos Laguna defender Jorge Villafaña, who won the inaugural Sueño MLS in 2007, played for Chivas USA and helped the Portland Timbers to MLS Cup 2015 before moving to Mexico in December.