First Round of Accepted Players Includes MLS Superdraft Top 10 Prospects
After combine director Eric Rudland announced the Midwest Pro Soccer Combine in late June, applications started pouring in. For Rudland, a key component would be differentiating the selection process of talent so that participants and scouts alike, would have a fair chance to be seen and evaluated.
He added, “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.”
After the applications started coming in, the vetting process began immediately and players who were selected were notified about their upcoming opportunity. The first field of selected players is nothing short of impressive. The list includes the 2016 Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Americans, National Champions and more.
Meet the first 21 players who have been accepted to showcase their talent at Ultimate Soccer Arenas on December 19th and 20th: