Pioneers host successful tryouts

January 23, 2012

LUDLOW — With the initial tryouts nearly complete, the response has been better than expected. The Western Massachusetts Pioneers were able to take advantage of the exceptional weather and completed an outdoor session at Lusitano Stadium.

“By having an outdoor session this allowed us to evaluate more talent and see what the players could bring to the table on a regulation field. We can only see a small portion of the skills in an indoor session,” General Manager Greg Kolodziey said.

The Pioneers were able to see more than 50 players over the course of the two sessions. Players traveled from all over New England to show off their abilities for the Pioneers coaching staff.

“We are fortunate that former players of the Pioneers are assistant or head coaches of teams throughout New England and their ability to recommend quality players from their programs to potentially play for the Pioneers is exciting. They really care about the success of the Pioneers,” Head Coach Federico Molinari said.

In addition to the PDL team, the Pioneers are assessing talent for the U20 Pioneers, whom compete in the USL Super-20 League.

“This is a great opportunity to try and fill out rosters for two developmental teams with players from around New England,” Kolodziey noted.

The Western Massachusetts Pioneers may add additional tryout dates in March or April for those who did not get a chance to participate this time around. Please continue to view the Pioneers website at for updated information.

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