MLS & USL To Be Well Represented at Inaugural Combine
The first group of footballers accepted into the inaugural combine, announced earlier today, proved to set the bar high with some of the top professional prospects in the country attending.
The professional clubs attending are just as impressive with a total of 12 teams confirmed. There will be 5 MLS teams and 7 USL teams with more planned to confirm their attendance over the next few weeks.
Eric Rudland, Combine Director, was confident the talent pool and professional scouting demand would prove the need for something like this in the midwest which was confirmed with Tuesday’s announcements. Along with the need, Assistant Director Gary Parson and Pro Club Liaison Boyzzz Khumalo have been integral in building relationships with the pro clubs who are coming in. Not only has the demand proven to be higher than expected, but the Midwest Pro Soccer Combine’s distinct format has also proven to be quite appealing to players and scouts alike.
Rudland added, “Our vetting process is actually unique compared to most combines. Some combines accept every player who applies, we on the other hand research the players past football history, speak to their current/previous coaches and watch recent video footage of the player. After that we look at important data, such as; dominant foot, positional play, domestic vs foreign player status and date of birth. All of this data is very important to pro clubs when scouting a player, so we want to do the best job we can in providing an initial filter so the pro clubs can feel comfortable with the players we are bringing into our event.”
About The Midwest Pro Soccer Combine
The inaugural Midwest Pro Soccer Combine will take place on Monday, December 19th & Tuesday, December 20th at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Michigan. The combine will accept 60 talented players aspiring to sign a professional contract for the 2017 MLS, NASL and/or USL season. Along with scouts and intermediaries from North America a handful of international representatives will be in attendance as well.