Dynamo readying for another season

October 10, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The El Centro Dynamo U-13 soccer squad has begun training for its new season and is looking for players to fill the squad.

Dynamo is getting things going for a new season after a six-month break.

The squad ended its season last year after a disappointing performance at the California State Cup tournament. Dynamo was eliminated in the first round.

"State Cup was a little bit of a disappointment to us," said Dynamo head coach Jim Graham.

"It was," added Dynamo manager Steve Walker.

Before the State Cup, Dynamo had taken second place in San Diego's Presidio League.

"By the time State Cup rolled around we looked jaded. We looked like a team of kids that hadn't been given a break in two years," said Graham.

After that break, Graham and Walker are changing the team's schedule this year. Dynamo will not participate in the Presidio League and instead the organizers of the squad are thinking about joining the League of the Cities of the Colorado River, which has teams from Lake Havasu to San Luis, Ariz., and starts play in January.


Dynamo will begin tournament play in November when it participates in the Parker Classic in Parker, Ariz., then will play in the Escondido Fall Classic over Thanksgiving weekend.

The squad will be staging tryouts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sunflower Elementary School in El Centro.

Players interested in trying out are encouraged to bring a white T-shirt, cleats, shin guards and their birth certificate.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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