The league also provided links to stories, including Goal.com’s notebook by Kyle McCarthy.
Draft prospects shine, sun doesn’t after first day of games
Rain and cold winds battered Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, making field conditions difficult for the players at the 2010 adidas MLS Player Combine. In the first game of the day, William & Mary product Andrew Hoxie scored two goals, as team Condivo defeated team F50i 4-1. Defenses dominated the second game as team Jabulani and team Predator X battled to a scoreless tie. For detailed analysis of the two games, click here.
Former Generation adidas players compete for World Cup roster
Generation adidas, a program created to cultivate young soccer talent in the United States, has a strong history of producing soccer players that perform at the highest level. Six former Generation adidas players were invited to the U.S. pre-World Cup training camp and a seventh, Jozy Altidore, is playing with Hull City of the English Premier League. This year’s crop of Generation adidas players features two finalists for the MAC Hermann trophy as well as two players who represented the United States at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Player Combine reunites former PDL teammates
Brooks Haggerty and Zack Schilawski had been teammates all of their lives including at: Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Youth Club in Raleigh, North Carlolina, Cary High School, and with the Cary Clarets Premier Development League (PDL) team. But for the past four years, they faced each other from opposite sides of the field, Schilawski donning the black and gold of Wake Forest University and Haggerty the baby blue of the University of North Carolina. They are reunited once again on team Jabulani at the 2010 adidas MLS Player Combine as they both look to impress MLS coaches and earn a spot on an MLS roster. To read more about a pair of Wake Forest All-Americans who are excited to make the leap to the pros, click here.
Yates hopes to complete rebound from Bradenton disappointment
After the first semester of his junior year of high school, Drew Yates was cut from the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. He had only been there six months and was determined to use that as motivation. Yates returned to DeMatha High School and the following year was named the Washington Post Player of the Year and the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Maryland. After four standout years at the University of Maryland, Yates hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Terps teammates Omar Gonzalez and A.J. DeLaGarza and hear his name called at the MLS SuperDraft.
Tchani’s journey from Cameroon leads toward SuperDraft
Tony Tchani grew up playing soccer in the streets of Bafang, Cameroon. When he was 12 years old, Tchani’s mother moved to the United States and it was not until four years later that they were reunited. After a standout career at the University of Virginia, the All-American and Generation adidas midfielder is looking forward to the MLS SuperDraft.
Gumede hopes pro career makes traveling home to South Africa easier
Two-Boys Gumede was 15 years old when he moved from South Africa to Louisville, Kentucky. University of Alabama-Birmingham head coach Mike Getman wasted little time offering Gumede a scholarship. After his sophomore year of college, Gumede returned home for a brief visit, however, government regulations forced him to stay seven months and miss the 2007 soccer season. Gumede returned for the 2008 season and by 2009 was the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.