Rhode Island Strikers surge forward

Rhode Island Strikers surge forward

SMITHFIELD - They're only in their second season and already are doubling in size, proving to be an effective cost reduction alternative to similar organizations.

The Rhode Island Strikers FC, a premiere soccer organization for elite players from throughout the region and a branch of the Smithfield Youth Soccer Association, fielded five premiere teams last season.

This year, the group plans to have 10 or 11.

"Most of our players are from Smithfield, but we are open to players from any community," said Strikers registrar Anthony Bettancourt. Bettancourt said the Strikers are a much more affordable option than most premiere clubs.

"And while we are much lower in our costs, we still provide the expertise and challenges that the players are looking for," said Bettancourt. "All of our coaches have high ratings from E to B levels."

The group has scheduled tryouts for the next season for both boys and girls. Tryouts will be held at Deerfield Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with check-in at 5 p.m.

For girls, the U-9, U-10, U-11 and U-15 tryouts will be on Tuesday and Thursday, June 10 and 12; and tryouts for the U-12 and U-13 teams will be on Monday and Wednesday, June 9 and 11.

For boys, the U-10 tryouts are June 10 and 12, and the U-11 and U-14 tryouts are June 9 and 11.

There is no fee to try out.

Earlier this month, the U-12 and U-15 girls teams were finalists in the State Park Tournament held at Deerfield Park, and the U-12 team was selected to participate in the Region I Tournament that will take place at the University of Rhode Island this summer.