Former Union tryout hopeful, Long Tan, signs with Tampa Bay Rowdies
Long Tan, a former Chinese youth international who took part in the first round of the Philadelphia Union’s open tryouts but did not receive a callback, has signed with NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies, according to Michael Wheeler’s twitter account:
For those not familiar, the tryouts were divided into two sections, a fitness test and a seven aside game. Long’s stepfather, David Wells, told me earlier this month that Long was disappointed with his performance, especially in the seven aside game. It was difficult for him to adjust to playing with six people he had never even seen before–not surprising, especially since the games only lasted 20 minutes.
To be honest I’m a little surprised that Long’s resume was not enough to get him a second look. We know from the combine that MLS scouts won’t judge a player solely on a bad weekend, so it’s hard to imagine how a bad 20 minutes could have hurt his chances so much. Again, I’m not saying he was a shoe-in to make the roster, just surprised he didn’t get a second chance to impress.
Regardless, Long will have a great opportunity to prove the team wrong in the NASL. C. Horridus wishes him the best of luck.