MLS to host new Caribbean Player Combine in Antigua in January

MLS to host new Caribbean Player Combine in Antigua in January

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MLS to host new Caribbean Player Combine in Antigua in January

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS Player Combine will not be the only place where some young hopefuls will be looking to catch the eyes of scouts from across the league.

MLS announced on Thursday that it has partnered with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) to host a Caribbean player combine in 2014. Top players from the event, which is scheduled to run from Jan. 2-5 in St. John’s, Antigua, will earn an invitation to the annual adidas MLS Player Combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. later that month.

“We recognize that the CONCACAF area, and particularly the Caribbean, is rich with soccer talent,” MLS executive vice president Todd Durbin said in a statement released by the league. “This will be an opportunity for our scouts to evaluate and identify the region’s top players.”

The Caribbean has produced some top quality talent over the course of MLS’ 18 seasons, including Grenadian midfielder Shalrie Joseph, Jamaican veterans Donovan Ricketts, Ryan Johnson, and Omar Cummings, and Cuban midfielder Osvaldo Alonso.

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