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Philadelphia Union tryouts held in awful conditions; everything else remains unknown

The Philadelphia Union held open tryouts in Mercer County, Pennsylvania this weekend on fields that had been battered by a Nor’easter for days, a Union press release says.

The hopeful future Union-ers(?) began with at 9am with a “beep test”–what sounds like a fairly cruel conditioning test where the players have series of 20 minutes sprints each progressively faster. The players then broke off into groups of 9 v. 9 and played 30 minute games.

Unfortunately, this is all the information the Union has released on the tryouts. We have no idea if anyone has been called back.

We do know about a few of the players, however. Andy Jasner had been doing a great series of short profiles (in the guise of press releases) on prospective players, two of whom seem to have a great deal of potential–Long Tan and Rodrigo Desouza. Tan played professionally in the Chinese Super League and was a member of the U-19 national team; Desouza (supposedly) was a member of the Brazil U-15 national team. Not too shabby.

There will be two more tryouts, both on the weekend of December 5-6. Here’s hoping they find someone amazing.

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