Top performers from Caribbean region will receive invitation to annual adidas MLS Player Combine in Florida

NEW YORK, NY (Thursday, November 14, 2013) – Major League Soccer (MLS) today announced it will host its first-ever Caribbean player combine, 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 recognize 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 recognize 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 session 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. Participants have moved on to successful professional careers as well as participation in their national teams.

The Caribbean Player Combine is focusing on 18-21 year olds as part of the developmental objective that both MLS and the CFU share. In this respect, the most important factor is the quality of the experience for these young talented players as they seek to enter into the professional realm. The January 2014 event will create the enabling environment for them to do so.

Media interested in attending the Caribbean Player Combine should contact the CFU at media@cfufootball.org.

About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer’s 18th season features 19 clubs each playing 34 regular-season matches. Those clubs include the Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; 2012 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy; Montreal Impact; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Portland Timbers; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. A 20th team, New York City FC, was unveiled May 21, 2013 and will begin play in 2015. The 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs run October 30 – December 7, 2013. For more information about MLS, log on to the league’s official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.

About CFU
CFU “Caribbean Football Union” is one of three Unions in CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) and serves as the governing body of football in the Caribbean. It is composed of 31 national associations, from Bahamas in the north to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south. It spans 4 languages and composed of republics, independent countries and overseas territories of the UK, USA and Holland. For more information about CFU, log on to its official website at www.cfufootball.org.

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