SOCCER: Mohamed Mohamud cashes in on second chance

Mohamed Mohamud cashed in on his second chance. Mohamud, 21, spent 14 years in a Kenyan refugee camp dreaming of one day playing soccer professionally in America. Mohamud gave it his best shot on Jan. 29-30, during an open tryout for the Seattle Sounders at Starfire Sports Complex, but fell just short. Not too short, however. While trying out for the Sounders, Mohamud's ability on the soccer pitch caught the eye of a representative from the Washington Crossfire, formerly known as the Seattle Wolves. Based in Everett, the team plays in the Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.

Mohamed Mohamud cashed in on his second chance.

Mohamud, 21, spent 14 years in a Kenyan refugee camp dreaming of one day playing soccer professionally in America. Mohamud gave it his best shot on Jan. 29-30, during an open tryout for the Seattle Sounders at Starfire Sports Complex, but fell just short.

Not too short, however.

While trying out for the Sounders, Mohamud’s ability on the soccer pitch caught the eye of a representative from the Washington Crossfire, formerly known as the Seattle Wolves. Based in Everett, the team plays in the Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.

In a tryout at Everett Memorial Stadium on March 19 that consisted of more than 100 players, Mohamud advanced to the top 40. The top 40 players all earned invitations to a March 26 tryout.

Down to his last chance, Mohamud was one of just 18 players to make the cut.

“I got it done,” said a thrilled Mohamud. “I can’t believe they called my name. I am so happy.”

During the tryouts for both the Sounders and the Crossfire, Mohamud was representing the Tukwila-based East African Youth Sports (EAYS) organization. EAYS is much like the local Boys and Girls Clubs or YMCAs that dot the Northwest landscape. Just off International Boulevard in Tukwila and tucked away on the bottom floor of the two-story East African Bazaar Mini-Mall, EAYS currently fields 10 soccer teams that include players who range in age from 7 to 17.

Mohamud, a gifted center-midfielder who played most recently with the Seattle Somali Stars, has become the pride of the tight-knit EAYS community. Mohamud played high school soccer at both Foster (2007) and Chief Sealth (2008).

After trying out for the Sounders in January, Mohamud waited for more than a month to find out the results.

Notification never came, leaving Mohamud to wonder what happened.

On March 26, shortly after trying out for the Crossfire, Mohamud knew almost immediately.

“After the tryout, they called out the names,” Mohamud explained. “I was like seventh or eighth. I was so excited. My brother and my wife were there. It was just such a relief.”

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