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How to Try Out for an MLS Team

Individual Team Tryouts

Some MLS teams run open tryouts and advertise these events on their websites in advance. Each tryout has a different format, but most guarantee at least one player from the tryout will be invited to compete for a spot on the team's roster. You must be male, not currently under contract with a professional soccer team and at least 18 years of age to participate. The tryout is usually held at an off-site practice facility. MLS tryouts cost money and some teams offer an early-bird registration discount. Tryout season begins in the winter, so start checking individual team websites in the fall. Register online, pay the fee, show up an hour early on tryout day and be prepared to compete for a spot with other soccer players.

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About the Author

Christopher Michael began writing in 2010 for Break.com. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Writing sports and travel articles helps support his professional baseball career, which has taken him to 49 states, five continents and four oceans.

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