Baltimore Kings News Release
Monday July 31, 2017
BALTIMORE, MD -
The Baltimore Kings are proud to announce their first professional game in club history on Saturday September 16, 2017 in Towson, MD, at Concordia Preparatory School (formerly Baltimore Lutheran).
The Kings will face fellow non-league pro soccer club, the Washington Fire in the DMV Cup. Both teams will feature many local, familiar faces in the DMV soccer community.
Tickets are now on sale for only $10 and can be purchased at www.baltimorekings.com/tickets.
Tryouts will be held on Saturday August 12, 2017 at Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, MD - TRYOUT REGISTRATION LINK.
Stay tuned for more player signings this week!
For media outlets looking to cover the match please contact Communications Director Ian Jett at email@example.com.
About the Pro Team
Baltimore Kings Pro Soccer Club - a Non-League, Independent Pro Soccer Club
The Scouting Process
Players within our organization go through a very structured player scouting process. It's important that interested players understand the process and the importance of timing. The following are the steps you can take on the path to joining our club:
Once tryouts have concluded, players will be contacted with the selection results. Players who have been selected to represent the Baltimore Kings will be offered a contract detailing their base pay and a commission structure (signed players who play in the game will also receive a tryout refund - detailed in contract). Players who are not selected will remain in our player scouting database and will be encouraged to attend future tryouts. The signed Pro Team players will begin training the week leading up to their weekend game. In the months leading up the game, the club will market the event and work to create a great atmosphere surrounding the match. The game will be filmed and shortly after the match, highlights and the full-length game film will be posted online and distributed to each player for their own use. Once the game is played, players will be paid and are free to join or rejoin any team they would like. We will market our players and (if desired) help push them towards full-time professional opportunities with other clubs. Once a player has played for our Pro Team, they will remain in our Pro Player Pool and will be considered for a “call up” for future games (similar to National Team duty for international soccer). As an independent, event-based team, the Pro Team will only play a handful of games per year (e.g. 1 game in the summer, 1 in the fall, 1 in the spring, etc.).
Our primary way of identifying and evaluating potential players is through our tryouts. It is imperative that interested players keep track of and attend our tryouts. Do not wait until the last minute to contact us. If you contact our staff only a few weeks before our game, we will have already completed signing players for that upcoming match.
We will take a conservative, controlled, and personal approach to win one supporter at a time and build a successful professional soccer club in Charm City. In Baltimore's history, there have been over 20 failed professional soccer clubs. Unlike other league systems around the world, winning does not ensure longevity. Professional soccer leagues in the United States currently do not allow for promotion and relegation among teams and even in years immediately after winning a championship, clubs have folded. Success on the field is one of many objectives for the Baltimore Kings, but more importantly it is paramount to create and maintain a strong foundation to base our achievements.
Baltimore Kings News Release - www.baltimorekings.com
Sunday July 16, 2017
Baltimore Kings Pro Futsal Club is excited to announce a winter youth futsal academy (boys & girls) coming to Northern Anne Arundel County. Following tryouts, selected players will join teams that will represent the Baltimore Kings in futsal state cup/regionals and play in a local league throughout the winter. Training sessions will focus on developing technical ability and learning the sport of futsal while playing at a high level. Our coaching staff will feature current pro futsal players and coaches with playing/coaching experience at the collegiate, professional, and national team levels.
Tryouts will be held at Odenton Sports Center (8266 Lokus Rd. Odenton, MD 21113) from August 7-18.
To register for tryouts please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys Futsal Tryouts
Odenton Sports Center (8266 Lokus Rd. Odenton, MD 21113)
Girls Futsal Tryouts
Odenton Sports Center (8266 Lokus Rd. Odenton, MD 21113)
By: Shobha Kondragunta
Shobha Kondragunta is a guest author and the mother of U-23 and Futsal player Vinay Chandra. She has written for Bleacher Report in the past.
Severn, MD (July 1, 2017) – It was raining goals at the Futsal game between Baltimore Kings and Washington Fire on a hot Saturday afternoon at the Annapolis Area Christian Academy. Kings beat Fire 20-10. Kings, who train twice a week at the Benfield Sports Center in Millersville, MD, opened the Futsal season on June 10 with a KingsFest playing their U23 men’s team for a 9-7 win. Today’s game marked the first game of the 2017 season against another new pro soccer development club in the Washington, DC metro area.
Fire scored three quick goals within the first seven minutes of kickoff. Kings’ coach, Mike Kin, called a timeout in the seventh minute to have a chat. His specific advice was “stop dribbling, spread out and find a way to move the ball up front.” After the timeout, Kings picked up the pace and the first goal finally came in the 10th minute from Castaneda who beat three Fire players with nifty moves. Seconds later, Russell scored by lobbing the ball from the left corner for a dip behind the keeper into the net. A series of four goals from Djokic and one from Lake followed resulting in 8-3 for Kings at the end of the first half.
Second half, Coach Kin sent the same starting four field players (Avetrani, Djokic, Castaneda, Russell), but replaced starting Keeper Koester with Greuter. With Fire attempting a comeback, the game got intense and both teams committed several fouls; three yellow cards were issued, one for Kings and two for Fire. Fire converted one of the two penalties and one free kick bumping their score to six goals. Kings player Djokic scored yet again a beautiful goal, his 5th of the day, from the free kick spot.
Kings Keepers had countless saves the whole game yet had to rely on players Baumgartner, Russell, and Djokic to step into the box and make dramatic clearances from goal line in certain plays.
Kings slowed the game down by keeping the ball in their half towards the end of the game. Yet, goals flowed for Kings until the very last 20 seconds of the game.
The Annapolis Area Christian Academy boasts of a fan-friendly atmosphere with an opportunity for young fans to play 6 v 6 Futsal during the half-time. Kings spirit wear can be purchased at the team tent for reasonable prices. Kings will return to action on July 12 for an away game versus Sporting Maryland. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.
Lineup (Kings): Cody Koester (GK), Brian Greuter GK), Javier Avetrani, Filip Djokic, Carlos Casteneda, Ryan Russell, Daniel Baumgartner, Joey Howard, Michael Lake. Injured (Josh Danza, Mike Kozlowski, Vinay Chandra)
Lineup (Fire): Marquis Flowers, Jose Pacheco, Juan Velasquez, Roberto Yepez, Abdel Fonkako, Steve Malm
Weather: Sunny and 80