ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (December 7, 2015) – Six players from Antigua and Barbuda will participate
in the third consecutive MLS sponsored Caribbean Football Union Combine, which will be held across
three countries instead of one central venue as in previous years. The venues are St. Kitts (December 13-
16), Curacao (December 17-20), and Martinique (January 1-4).
A total of 24 players have been invited to each venue, representing a marked increase in the
number of elite players from the Caribbean who will vie to be among those selected to attend the MLS
Combine from January 8-13 in South Florida.
The local players are Novelle Francis Jr., Tevaughn Harriette, Eugine Kirwan, Shavorn Phillip,
Jamoy Stevens and Elvis Thomas
In addition to Antigua, St. Kitts will host players from Anguilla; BVI; Cayman Islands; Jamaica;
Montserrat; Puerto Rico; Turks and Caicos; and USVI.
Curacao will host Aruba; Bahamas; Bermuda; Bonaire; Dominican Republic; Guyana; Haiti;
Suriname; and Trinidad and Tobago, while Martinique will host Barbados; Dominica; French Guiana;
Grenada; Guadeloupe; St. Maarten; St. Martin; St Vincent; and St. Lucia.
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) Everton Gonsalves
congratulated the players who were selected and urged them to give their best.
“These players stood out among their local peers, and we are pleased that they will represent
Antigua and Barbuda. It is now up to them to go to St. Kitts and perform so that we are all proud of their
efforts and, ultimately, they are among those chosen for the next leg in Florida,” Gonsalves said.
CFU President Gordon Derrick said the main reason for negotiating to decentralize the initiative
was to increase participation and opportunity.
“We are grateful to our partners at the MLS who were receptive to our proposal to hold the
Combine in more than one venue. This will allow a greater number of Caribbean players to attend and to
have the chance to gain selection to the South Florida Combine where they will be seen by pro scouts,”
Under the expanded arrangement, member associations are responsible for airfare while the
MLS will absorb all other costs.