Friday, January 22, 2010

KC Wizards invitees tryout - some interesting names

Not commonly known but the Wizards are holding two tryouts this year. An open tryout in March like they have done the last two years and an invitational tryout. There are some names that are familiar to Wizards fans like Nelson Pizarro and Doug Demartin. Pizzaro signed with the Wizards two seasons ago after he impressed in the open tryouts. Nelson was allowed to leave the team last year so he could find more playing time. DeMartin was one of the Wizards second round picks last year but left training camp with an injury. He trained with the team again during the season but the club did not opt to sign him. Good to see both them back trying again.

Nelson Pizzaro at the tryout...

Another name that is fairly recognized is Vincenzo Bernardo. He is a player that has been highly touted, spent time with the U-17 and U-20 National teams and was in Italy from 2006 to 2009. All that and he is still just 19.


The biggest name that I have found out so far is Ian Walker. I believe he is the same Ian Walker that played in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. He was capped with the English National team as well.

Walker is the keeper with the ball...

Coach Zambrano...

Not sure of his name, just liked the shot. He made the save...

It looked like there was over 30 players. Seems like they are serious about looking for talent.
More photos here...


  1. How did Bernardo look?



  2. @Trevallion He looked okay, missed most of the scrimmage so not sure if he played in that. In drills after scrimmage he looked good. Decent passing, some nice shots. He was in the top few players there but not sure how good, Will try to see some more today.

  3. The goalkeeper in the photo is Louis Crayton. He was with D.C. United in 2008 and early 2009 I think.

  4. Correct, that is Crayton. I found out today.