Union Omaha's open tryouts a chance to showcase local talent

The Union Omaha crest was unveiled during a block party in Benson earlier this month. The team will hold open tryouts for its first team Nov. 9.

Think you have what it takes to earn a spot on the roster of Omaha's first professional men's soccer team? Tryouts commence soon.

Union Omaha is holding an open tryout next month as it works to craft its inaugural roster before the USL League One team begins play at Werner Park in the spring.

All male soccer players ages 19 or older can register for the Nov. 9 tryout, which will be held at the Tranquility Soccer Complex, 4006 N. 120th St.

Matt Homonoff, chief operating officer of Union Omaha, said the tryouts will be a great opportunity to highlight Omaha's talented young soccer players, though the team already is seeing interest from players across the nation.

"There's certainly a concentration in the Midwest — more specifically the Omaha metro — but we're getting registrations from literally all over the country," Homonoff said.

To qualify for the tryout, applicants must have been born on or before Nov. 9, 2000. Registration is $95 per player, a cost that includes a numbered training top, on-site parking and evaluation by Union Omaha staff on outdoor turf and natural grass. Those interested must register online.

The team is accepting 150 applications for the event.

Earning a spot on Union Omaha's roster won't be easy: Homonoff said finding even one or two players from an open tryout would be "incredibly successful."

Players with previous professional experience are expected to make up nearly half of the team's roster, Homonoff said. The other half — perhaps more than half — will be players with less experience.

Team organizers generally expect to see serious soccer players at the tryout who believe they have a legitimate shot at playing professional soccer, Homonoff said. However, he said he has attended enough open tryouts to know that all manner of people show up.

"The cream rises to the top really quickly," Homonoff said.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the tryout, which is free to observers.

"We're incredibly excited to see what the community has to offer on the field," Homonoff said. reece.ristau@owh.com, 402-444-1127, @reecereports

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

What:An open tryout for Omaha's first professional men's soccer team.

Who:All male soccer players 19 years of age or older (born on or before Nov. 9, 2000).

When:Saturday, Nov. 9. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. The tryout begins at noon and will last until about 6 p.m.

Where:Tranquility Soccer Complex, 4006 N. 120th St. on fields 2 and 3.

Cost:$95 per player.

How to register:Unionomahasc.com

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