SD Flash team captain Adrian DuBois has been invited for tryouts with San Jose Earthquakes. Photo Credit: SD Flash
Soccer News: San Diego Flash Pair Rewarded for Great Season with Major League Soccer Trials
The current 10 game undefeated streak by the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) West-Southern Conference leading San Diego Flash Soccer Club (8 - 2 - 0) has attracted the attention of the San Jose Earthquakes from Major League Soccer (MLS). The Earthquakes are the first club this year to take Flash players on trial and in the process give them a shot at an MLS contract.
San Diego was contacted by San Jose last week, and the two Flash players have been scouted and were invited to San Jose this weekend for tryouts. Those players are defender Adrian DuBois and midfielder Sergio Valle-Ortiz.
DuBois is the captain of the San Diego Flash and the heart of its defensive unit. He has had a stellar season so far and his leadership at the back has seen only five goals conceded in ten games, with half of those matches being shutouts. DuBois attended school at Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, N.H., before moving to San Diego.
Valle-Ortiz is a local product out of Mira Mesa High School who has shown great growth this season on the wing. His skill and speed cause trouble for defenses week in and week out, creating numerous opportunities. Giving the Flash more width in its attack, Valle-Ortiz has been a big part of the two goal-per-game average scoring by the Flash. His contribution this season has led to a number of important assists.
San Diego Flash Head Coach Warren Barton said this opportunity to try out for an MLS club was well deserved. “These trials are just reward for a phenomenal season to date for both players. The stats they are returning each game reflect such a high standard of play, that it was only a matter of time before the MLS clubs would starting inquiring about their services.”
|Sergio Valle-Ortiz will join DuBois at tryouts with the Earthquakes. Photo Credit: SD Flash
“Our club policy has always been to recruit and promote local San Diego talent, “Coach Barton said. “Today’s announcement, together with the signing of Ryan Guy by the New England Revolution last season, is a glowing endorsement of our system. We've always known that there is an abundance of quality of players here in San Diego. That is one of the reasons we created the San Diego Flash Soccer Club, to showcase local players and provide a platform for them to receive these sort of opportunities.”
Flash CEO Clent Alexander was proud to see another two players from the Flash be recognized for their achievements on the field. “Our program over the past two seasons has not gone unnoticed by clubs across the country,” he said “and I doubt this will be the last time we see MLS clubs approach key members of our roster.”
“San Diego has a proud history of producing quality players, including our business partner, Eric Wynalda,” Alexander said. “As we continue the education of the players on the field (led by the experience of former England International Warren Barton), I wouldn’t be surprised if our club became a factory of future MLS stars.”
Fans of Soccer in San Diego have the chance to see what the buzz is all about when the undefeated San Diego Flash (8 - 2 - 0) play in the rematch of the "San Diego Derby" against San Diego Boca FC (3 - 3 - 4) this weekend. The clubs played to a 2-2 draw in the first round earlier in the season. The city's biggest soccer match of the season kicks off at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday, June 16, at Balboa Stadium, 1405 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92101.
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