This weekend FC Kansas City held their first open tryouts and 65 players braved the snow and cold weather to earn an invite to the team’s Invitational Combine in March.

“It was a great two days of work and we had players from all over the country come in,” said Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski. “We were pleasantly surprised at how much talent showed up.  I look forward to seeing some of them come back for our (Invitational) Combine in a few weeks.”

The coaching staff narrowed the 65 players down to nine that will be invited to the March 2nd-3rd Invitational Combine. The nine players will be part of a group of 20-25 players competing for a slot on the Blues roster and practice team.

Here is some background information the nine players. Note that limited information on each of the players was released by the team so we conducted our own research. There is a slight chance we mention the background for a player with the same name and if that is the case, please forgive us.

Gisela Arrieta – F

Arrieta played for Graceland University (Iowa) and is from Valledupar, Colombia. During her career at Graceland she scored 72 goals and recorded 23 assists.

Colleen Boyd – GK

Boyd played for the Oregon State Beavers and finished her career with a 0.81 goals-against average including recording 27 shutouts. She was called into the US U-23 camp in May of 2012 as one of three goalkeepers which included the #6 pick in the NWSL Draft, Adrianna Franch. Boyd was also part of the 2012 Western New York Flash team that won the WPSL Elite Championship.

Ariana Calderon – F

Calderon played for Long Island University – Brooklyn and finished her career with 29 goals and 11 assists. She is LIU’s all-time leader with 69 points and was the first LIU Blackbird to be named to NSCAA First Team All-Region squad.

Natalie Carter – D

Carter played for the Northwood Knights (Texas) and was listed as a forward. During her career she scored 47 goals and had 37 assists. Even though she was listed as a forward with her team, Carter was named the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year in the Red River Athletic Conference.

Molly Dreska – MF

Dreska played for the University of Maryland and finished her career with 8 goals and 11 assists. She also is a communications assistant for Sporting Kansas City.

Natalie Norris – D

Norris played for Utah State and was a three-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012), First Team All-WAC (2010, 2011, 2012), named to the WAC All-Tournament Team (2010, 2011), earned first-team Women’s Soccer Capital One Academic All-American honors and named MVP of the 2012 WAC Tournament.

Jaime Orewiler (French) – MF

Orewiler played for Wheaton College and finished her career with 48 goals and 31 assists. After her senior season (2011) she was named NSCAA Division III National Player of the Year, NSCAA First Team All-American, First Team All-Region and First Team All-American.

Andrea Rodrigues – F

Rodrigues played for the University of Central Florida and is a member of the Portuguese national team. At UCF she helped her team win the 2012 Conference USA tournament title, the first time ever for the school. In five appearances for Portugal, Rodrigues has five goals and two assists.

Vendula Strnadova – MF

Strnadova played for the University of Memphis and scored 23 goals and assisted on 17 more during her career. She was born in Liberec, Czech Republic but considers Las Cruces, NM her hometown. Strnadova was named the 2008 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and was on the 2010 Hermann Trophy preseason watch list. She was also signed by the Atlanta Beat (WPS) in 2011 as a free agent and then played in with Orange County Waves (WPSL) when the WPS folded.

FC Kansas City posted a Facebook album from this weekend’s tryouts that you can view by clicking here.