Baltimore Kings News Release -
Monday August 7, 2017
Baltimore, MD –
The Baltimore Kings have signed two more local players. Patrick Pato (UMBC, Watkins Mill) and Pete Ostergren (ENC, Annapolis Area Christian).
Both will play against the Washington Fire in the Baltimore Kings’ first professional game on September 16 at 5 p.m. at Concordia Prep in Towson, Maryland.
As a standout for UMBC, Pato was a member of a UMBC squad that won three straight America East Championships from 2012-2014. Pato’s 2014 UMBC team also played in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
Pato’s performance on the field gained him recognition by many during his freshman year. He was named Ed Velt Ward for freshman of the year in 2012 and was named to the America East Conference All-Rookie squad.
Ostergren captained Eastern Nazarene College in 2015 and 2016, where he helped lead the team to the program’s best record since 1997. He was also named to the Academic All-Commonwealth Coast Conference Team and received the Commonwealth Coast Conference Sportsmanship Award the same year.
“We are excited to announce a few more signings before our Pro Team tryout this weekend. Pato was identified at our first Pro Team tryout and stood out as a top performer. We remain committed to showcasing local players. All three NCAA Division I institutions in Baltimore [Warburton (Loyola), Cooper (Towson), Pato (UMBC)] are now represented on our Pro Team. Attending our tryouts and spending the summer with our U-23 program remain the two main ways we identify players that are committed to playing at the next level. All four of our signings grew up in Maryland and are familiar faces in the Baltimore soccer community. We will be bringing in and announcing a few out of state players soon, and will look to sign a few players from our upcoming tryout this weekend.”
Tryouts for the Professional Team will be held on Saturday August 12, 2017 at Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, MD - TRYOUT REGISTRATION LINK.
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.