MLS CFU to host Caribbean player com­bine

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS -

Ma­jor League Soc­cer ( MLS) an­nounced it will host the first- ever Caribbean player com­bine, from Jan­uary 2- 5, 2014, in St John’s, An­tigua. The event, in part­ner­ship with the Caribbean Foot­ball Union ( CFU), will fea­ture elite- level play­ers in­vited from around the Caribbean, ages 18- 21, who will com­pete in front of league scouts for an op­por­tu­nity to earn an in­vi­ta­tion to the an­nual Adi­das MLS Player Com­bine in Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, later that month.

“We recog­nise that the CONCACAF area, and par­tic­u­larly the Caribbean, is rich with soc­cer tal­ent, and this will be an op­por­tu­nity for our scouts to eval­u­ate and iden­tify the re­gion’s top play­ers,” said MLS Ex­ec­u­tive Vice- Pres­i­dent Todd Durbin. “Caribbean play­ers from is­lands like Ja­maica, Haiti, Gre­nada and oth­ers have been key per­form­ers in MLS. This event will help recog­nise the next gen­er­a­tion of MLS stars as we look to achieve our goal of be­ing among the best leagues in the world by 2022.

“The four- day event will take place at the An­tigua Re­cre­ation Grounds, and will in­clude train­ing ses­sions and games against lo­cal clubs.

“As CFU mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions turn their at­ten­tion to Rus­sia 2018, this is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­men­tal op­por­tu­nity for the op­u­lent young tal­ent in the Caribbean to as­sess their de­vel­op­men­tal level and the growth re­quired to play at the high­est level,” said CFU Pres­i­dent Gor­don Der­rick.

“This part­ner­ship with MLS is an­other way in which we at the CFU are seek­ing to bridge the gap that ex­ists be­tween tal­ent avail­abil­ity and scout­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that the Caribbean re­gion has re­ceived from pro­fes­sional leagues.” The an­nual Adi­das MLS Player Com­bine gives pro­fes­sional soc­cer scouts the op­por­tu­nity to see top play­ers in ac­tion prior to the an­nual MLS Su­perDraft pre­sented by Adi­das.

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