August 30, 2013

Poillon, Powell Withdraw from USA Tryouts; Marasco, Drew Added

2010 member Ned Crotty out with pneumonia

updated 08.30.13 at 9.06 a.m.

by Sean Burns and Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter

Midfielder Casey Powell announced Wednesday evening he will not try out for Team USA this weekend, which fellow midfielder Peet Poillon had done earlier on Wednesday.
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There's been some shuffling this week with regards to the Team USA invitee list.

On Tuesday, Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Jeff Reynolds was added to the pool. Then on Wednesday, a pair of midfielders withdrew, as both Peet Poillon and Casey Powell announced they would not be attending this weekend's event at Goucher College.

Late Thursday, 2012 Tewaaraton finalist JoJo Marasco and Charlotte Hounds short-stick defensive midfielder Kevin Drew were notified by the coaching staff that they were invited to try out.

And on Friday, it was learned that 2010 Team USA member Ned Crotty would not participate in tryouts because he is sick with pneumonia. He will still be considered for the 2014 team.

Powell, who played on the 1998 U.S. gold medal-winning squad and captained the 2006 team that finished second to Canada, had been a late addition to the tryout list, joining the Chesapeake Bayhawks midway through this summer and helping them win their third MLL title in four years last weekend.

"With a heavy heart, I've made the decision to withdraw my name from the 2014 US tryouts. It was my greatest honor to wear the USA jersey," was his announcement, posted just after 6:30 p.m. to his @caseypowel22 twitter handle.

"Best of luck to the players this weekend. I will be in Denver next summer routing [sic] for the REd, White and Blue. CP (1998 and 2006)," he continued.

Poillon had made his decision earlier in the day, informing Team USA officials that he was stepping down to focus on his duties as an assistant coach at Hobart, where he was hired earlier this summer by new coach Greg Raymond.

Both played in championship weekend in Philadelphia, with Powell's Bayhawks taking the championship with a 10-9 win over the Hounds. Poillon had a pair of goals on the weekend, while Powell scored twice with three assists. On the season, Poillon was 18th in the league with 33 points, scoring 23 goals (5 2-pointers) with five assists. Powell played just three regular-season games, but finished with four goals and two assists.

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