See you all there!
Reading United will be holding FOUR tryouts between December and April for its 2021 USL League Two squad this upcoming summer.
- Sunday, December 20th 1-3pm (POSTPONED DUE TO COVID)
- Sunday, January 24th 1:30-3:30pm
- Saturday, February 27th 1-3pm (POSTPONED to April 3rd)
- Sunday, March 21st 1-3pm @ Ultimate Athletic Complex (1592 Wyomissing Rd, Mohnton, PA)
- Saturday, April 3rd 4-6pm @ Ultimate Athletic Complex (1592 Wyomissing Rd, Mohnton, PA)
Location (unless otherwise noted): Exeter High School, Don Thomas Stadium
201 E 37th St, Reading, PA 19606
We are going back to roots this upcoming season. Back to local, homegrown talent. Back to showcasing the best talent that our local area has to offer. Reading, Lancaster, York, Allentown, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and everything in between.
"But wait, didn't you recruit players from all over the world to come to Reading for the summer?" Heck yeah, we did. And we were pretty good at it, too. A "126-21-31 with 11 playoff appearances in 12 seasons" type of good. "Two straight trips to the USL League Two Finals" type of good. "Playing the New York Red Bulls in the US Open Cup" type of good.
This upcoming season has given us the opportunity to reset and refocus our efforts on improving the level of soccer in Berks County and beyond. To utilize our platform as a premier U23 team in all of North America to showcase the best that our local talent has to offer.
What's in it for you?
Exposure to scouts and professional teams across North America and the entire world. We have 145 former players who have either gone on to play professionally, be drafted by an MLS club, or represent their country on the international stage. We have receipts (readingunitedac.com/alumni and readingunitedac.com/superdraft).
Exposure on social media. We had over 3.5 million interactions on our social media pages. Get your name out there and cut through the noise. We'll get you views. Plus, we'll have a ton of pictures for you to post all over your social media to show what a soccer playing badass you are.
Top level, local soccer. We're focusing on players who are dedicated to taking that next step. Not players who think of soccer as a hobby, but players who think of this as a stepping stone to a job. We take our job seriously to give you the tools to play professional soccer - we're looking for players who do the same. This team will have high level training once per day, playing a 14 game regular season schedule between May and July. We expect a high level of soccer out of any team wearing the Reading United crest.
The $80 registration covers all four tryouts. You can attend one, or you can attend all four.
Please note: Depending on the number of registrations, we may limit the number of players attending future 2021 tryouts. We want attendees to get as many touches on the ball as possible during tryouts, so if we've seen all we need to see from you, we'll be in touch.
Also: We are primarily looking for LOCAL players to Pennsylvania. We will not be assisting with housing this year due to COVID. If you were to be selected, you would be responsible for your own transportation and housing.
Known as one of the preeminent clubs that help young prospects reach the professional ranks, Reading United has produced over 70 professional soccer players who currently play in Major League Soccer, United Soccer League, and with professional clubs in Europe and South America. In total, over 120 players have signed professionally since 2010 after playing in Reading.
Former Reading goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre (#16), midfielder Aaron Molloy (#21), and midfielder Joey Dezart (#31) were all selected at the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. 2020 was the eleventh consecutive year that at least one former Reading United player was selected in draft.
In totaly, eleven players in total from our 2019 squad signed professional contracts.
Reading United enter their 17th season of play in USL League Two looking to build on the success of the 2019 league season that saw the club win the Eastern Conference Championship for the second straight season and advance to the USL League Two Championship for the second time in club history. Our trip to the playoffs was the eleventh time in twelve seasons that we've reached the postseason. The club saw two players named to the All-League team - Felipe Hideki (Mid-America Nazarene; NAIA) and Lamine Conte (Louisville; DI), as well as head coach Alan McCann gaining Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season.
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, USL League Two features 72+ franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 19 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. USL League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with nearly 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having USL League Two experience.