There will be a tryout for the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s Maine Tide and a new Under-20 women’s team today from 3-5 p.m. at the Fields4Kids indoor center on the Beal College campus in Bangor. The registration fee will be $25.
There will be a final tryout March 21 for the Tide and the National Premier Soccer League’s men’s team, the Maine Sting. Their U-20 teams will also have tryouts that day.
The Sting and Tide, who will play their home games at the Hampden Academy field, will begin their third seasons in May.
Cheryl Stokes, president of the Atlantic Sports Group that brought the teams to eastern Maine, said they will have six new teams this season that will be affiliated with them.
There will also be an Under-20 team for the men to go with the women’s team; Under-16 teams for boys and girls and Under-14 teams for both.
The Under-16s and Under-14s will play in the Youth Premier Soccer League.
“The Under-20 teams will serve as reserve teams for both the Tide and Sting, but they will also have their own schedules,” said Stokes.
They will travel with the Tide and the Sting and play the U-20 teams affiliated with their opponents, she said.
“The U-20 players will have a dual membership meaning they could get called up to the Tide or Sting,” explained Stokes.
The U-16 and U-14 teams will have four weekends from May through July when they will attend soccer festivals and play two or three games in a weekend, according to Stokes.
There will be one apiece held in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and a mid-Atlantic state.
“We’re starting a type of feeder system, but we aren’t going to conflict with club teams or travel teams in the area,” said Stokes. “We just want to add another option for those players who want to continue to play through the summer and play good competition.”
The coaches for the U-16 and U-14 teams haven’t been selected yet, but Stokes said it could be players from the Tide and Sting.
“It would serve as their summer jobs,” said Stokes.
Tryout dates haven’t been established for the U-16s and U-14s as yet, she added.
The husband and wife team of Jukka and Carmen Masalin will return to coach the Sting and Tide, respectively.
The Sting went 3-2-3 last season after posting an 0-5-4 record in their inaugural season.
The Tide struggled through an 0-9-1 campaign after going 4-6-2 in their first season.