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Former GPS Oregon parents and coaches form new entity focused on local control and lower costs

Newly-formed Newberg Youth Soccer (NYS) will begin holding tryouts for the upcoming season next week.

Most of the players and coaches forming the group competed last year as an affiliate of Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Oregon, which held ties to German professional club Bayern Munich, but opted to form a more locally-focused competitive travel soccer organization this spring.

The group is led by president Jason Schwanz, vice president Scott Myers and has retained Newberg High School assistant boys soccer coach Scott Diefenbaugh as director of coaching.

Players from surrounding areas are also expected and welcome to join NYS teams, which will compete in leagues under the Oregon Youth Soccer Association umbrella just as in previous seasons.

The new group has also made affordability a priority. Player fees for U-9 and U-10 teams are $400 and $600 for U-11 and older, which NYS leadership estimates is $500 to $1,000 less expensive than other competitive clubs in the area.

All tryouts will be held at Renne Park, with the first set to run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 7-8 for U-9 and U-10 players (boys and girls) with 2009 and 2010 birth years, respectively. Tryouts for U-11 and U-12 boys and girls will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Boys and girls vying for the U-13 an U-14 teams will tryout separately May 9-10, with girls going from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and boys from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Under-15 and U-19 boys and girls will tryout May 14-15 and follow the same schedule.

Cost to tryout is $10 and will be applied to fees should the player join and NYS team.

Players should plan on attending both days for their age group and bring water, cleats, shin guards and a ball marked with their name.

To register, visit www.newbergyouthsoccer.com. For more information, email Diefenbaugh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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