Four players from 07 PTFC Black earned the incredible opportunity to go on trial with Charlotte FC this past week. The MLS Academy's scouts took notice of Triumph "Taj" Johnson, Asael Guzman-Valiente, Sergio Dominguez-Garcia and Josmar "Toto" Lopez-Hernandez during the teams impressive performance at the USYS National League Showcase. The team went 3-0 while outscoring their opponents 11 to 2.
The four boys' trial included a week of training with Charlotte FC's u14 academy while continuing to be evaluated by the coaching staff. Taj says, "I was nervous when I first arrived, but it was such a great environment. I appreciate the opportunity to be seen and train at such a high level."
"At Charlotte FC, the people were all great. Everyone made me feel like I belong. I feel that playing in National League and getting opportunities like this will take my game to the next level," says Poki, reflecting on the experience.
Two players, Sergio and Toto, continued to impress and earned a call up to the 18-player roster for Charlotte FC's friendly against Inter Miami CF, another MLS academy. Both managed to appear as substitutes and put on strong performances. "It felt like a professional game. I was a little nervous, but hyped to be a part of it and compete," says Toto.
Reflecting on the experience, Sergio said, "It's such a high-level team, so I was really excited to be invited to train and play with their academy.
The boys will continue to round out another impressive season with PTFC this spring. "It's been a pleasure to coach a team with so many talented and driven players. The 07 team is unique because of the diversity found within the team's player base. This success can be attributed to the efforts of all of our players and families. It's truly been a group effort," says coach Chris Day.
"I'm so proud of Sergio, Toto, Taj, and Pokey for earning the opportunity to go on trial with Charlotte FC. I'm also proud of all of our players and looking forward to watching all of them develop because I believe all of their futures are bright. I'm hoping to see more players get similar opportunities in the future now that we have an MLS club here in NC."
The live-streamed match against Inter Miami can be seen on Charlotte FC's Youtube channel: