Once again, the new NWSL may not have a team in Los Angeles (or anywhere in California) but that doesn't mean there isn't quality women's soccer in the City of Angels! W-League team LA Strikers FC has released a couple of news items this week ahead of the 2013 season.
First, the club has announced their full schedule for the 2013 regular season. The season will last from mid-May until mid-July, and here's the full schedule:
|May 18||Pali Blues||Away|
|May 27||Seattle Sounders||Away|
|May 31||SC Blue Heat||Away|
|June 5||Seattle Sounders||Home|
|June 7||Colorado Rapids||Home|
|June 11||Bay Area Breeze||Away|
|June 16||Bay Area Breeze||Home|
|June 21||SC Blue Heat||Home|
|June 29||Pali Blues||Home|
|July 7||Colorado Rush||Home|
|July 11||Colorado Rapids||Away|
|July 14||Colorado Rush||Away|
The Strikers will play their home matches once again at Occidental College, located in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. Tickets are not yet available, but needless to say, it will be an affordable draw - be sure to check them out if you haven't seen them yet!
In other news, the club has announced they will be holding open tryouts prior to the start of the season. If you know of any talented women who might be able to play in the W-League, be sure to tell them about the tryouts, which will be held April 5 and April 7. You can find more information about the tryouts on their website.
As for other player news, no announcements have been made yet as to which players will be returning and/or joining the team for the season. However, former Striker Zakiya Bywaters, who just finished her college career at UCLA, was drafted as the top overall pick in the NWSL college draft by the Chicago Red Stars earlier this month. In other words, you could see the stars of tomorrow on the Strikers of today!
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