Spring Fling 2013 came and went but it was very successful in the eyes of the Kansas City Shock staff. Many well-known colleges were represented during the tryout that featured 35 players and a few returnees from ‘Whiteout 2012’. All 35 players who were at the tryout showcased incredible talent and incredible sportsmanship. It will be hard for the Kansas City Shock to decide who they want to keep for this season
“We had some great talent, we had some girls come back from December [White Out 2012] and we saw some new girls out here. It seemed like everything matched up pretty well,” said Shock Head Coach, Nicole Ortiz, “I’m really excited for the season. It’s only another pass for us to get better and I am very excited!”
On the first day, players were run through a variety of drills including footwork and 7v7 soccer. After about an hour or so of drills and mini-games, the players were split into two teams to play 11 vs 11 soccer. The real talent was shown during the 11v11 soccer where many of the players showed how just much they wanted to be on the Shock roster. Even though only three goals were scored, it seemed as if everyone gave their all.
The second day of the Spring Fling tryout was very similar to the first. The players once again ran through a few drill and a lot of stretching. The only difference between the first was that more time was spent on 11v11 soccer. All of this flew by and it felt as if the tryout had just started.
“I’m looking forward to the season. Between the players we already had, plus what we found at tryouts gives me the confidence for this season. Kansas City should be extremely proud of the talent that it has cultivated throughout the years, and we’re very fortunate to be able to showcase such a high level of play,” Said Shock Owner Shawn Daugherty, “Big things are coming for Kansas City with the Shock; if you were at the tryouts you just felt the energy on the field. You know there is something just different about this program.”