Jason Kreis: Academy Heads into Week Two of Tryouts with Optimism

One week into its evaluation, Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami is impressed with the local talent in South Florida.

Led by Sporting Director Paul McDonough, the Club’s soccer operations department held six tryout sessions across two days last week.

The players, many of whom arrived with large groups of supportive friends and families, lined up at Central Broward Regional Complex ready to compete against some of the best players in the area.

“It’s an exciting time for soccer in our country,” said Jason Kreis, a coach for Inter Miami CF and the head coach for the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team. “Over the last five years or so, MLS clubs have recognized that it is critically important to develop our own talents. There should be a direct pathway from the youth Academy right up to the First Team.”

When asked about the players scouted, Kreis said his team was optimistic.

“We believe that the talent pool in South Florida is rich. The [Academy] should give kids these kids the ability to compete in a very competitive league, a very professional environment, and do that for free.”

Inter Miami will evaluate a new group of players this Wednesday and begin its second round of evaluations with players invited back the following day, narrowing down the list of prospects with each coming week.

When asked about advice for parents, the father of two boys smiled and said, “…stay out of it, as much as you can, stay out of it. I know that’s extremely difficult, but you really need to take a back seat, you really need to take a supportive role for the kids and let the chips fall where they may.”