Twenty local soccer players hopeful of earning a place on the Boston City FC squad for the 2018 National Premier Soccer League season spent two-and-a-half hours working hard to impress Lions head coach Palhinha at the club’s final offseason tryouts.
The former Brazil international and star of Sao Paulo and Cruzeiro was assisted by recently appointed head coach of the Boston City Under 20s team Cesar Deossa and assistant coaches Roberto Mazzinghy and Marcelo Cunha. Current Lions players Michael Rincon and Ralph Angrand took part in the drills and scrimmage action, while central defender Gabriel De Souza was an interested observer from the sidelines.
Ranging in age from 18 to 27, the group was first put through fitness drills by strength and conditioning coach Jean Carlone, while goalkeepers coach Estive Sosa worked out two goalies. Players attended the session at The Fieldhouse in Sudbury from Allston, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Edgartown, Everett, Framingham, Lancaster, Lowell, New York, Revere, Somerville and Wayland.
“There are some players we will invite to preseason training to take another look at them,” said coach Palhinha. “Now that we also have an under 20 team in the BSSL, that provides another opportunity for those we don’t feel are ready to play in the NPSL, but who showed some potential.”
The Boston City FC U20s team will hold a separate tryout before the new Bay State Soccer League season kicks off.