HALFMOON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Tremendous Bowl Sunday is right here, however earlier than I hit the sofa to observe the sport, I hit the turf with the Albany Empire to study what it takes to play professional soccer.
I educated with one of the best of them this morning.
I’ve 4 championships to my identify,” stated head coach, Rob Keefe.
Coach Keefe means enterprise, simply final week he stood on the identical turf looking for these diamonds within the tough throughout open tryouts and he says Albany got here to play.
“We minimize it right down to about forty gamers. So 250 got here on Saturday, forty then gamers got here again on Sunday and we discovered some actually good expertise. We will’t give out names now, however we expect the best way the roster is shaping out we’ll in all probability have some nice native expertise that hopefully shall be representing the Albany Empire,” Keefe stated.
However these 300 hopefuls had their probability and on Sunday morning, I obtained mine.
I discovered how you can run handoff, run agility drills and even maintain a soccer like a professional.
Okay, so I won’t be making the group this yr, however the execs say those who do may have the entire package deal.
“It’s a special talent set. Simply since you’re good within the NFL, doesn’t imply that expertise interprets over to the world soccer league, as a result of it’s extra about brief bursts and quickness versus the lengthy velocity,” stated workforce president, John Adams.
They’re in search of prime expertise.
“With us, guys from the AFL which were nice veterans, guys from huge time schools everywhere in the nation, after which there will probably be some NFL gamers that sadly have gotten reduce within the NFL and try to make it again. However that’s going to be a great base of our group. It’s going to be lots of excessive power and enjoyable leisure,” Keefe stated.
That leisure is coming to the Capital Area quicker than you’ll be able to say landing.
The primary Empire recreation is about for April 18th towards the Philadelphia Soul, proper right here at house within the Occasions Union Middle.