LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Day one of the combine has come and gone, and for the aspiring professional players, that can only be a good thing.
Performances on Saturday won’t make or break the future MLS talent, but the nerves and excitement of finally competing on this stage certainly adds a tough wrinkle for the players involved.
The amount of experience and skill on display at this year’s Combine is certainly impressive. However, by nature, it can also be a difficult environment to succeed in, as evidenced by the day’s opening play.
LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Jabulani overturned a one-goal deficit to beat AdiZero, 2-1, in the second game of the 2011 MLS Combine's opening day.
The winning goal came in the 83rd minute from Uruguayan Paolo Cardozo. Jabulani's first goal was scored by Konrad Warzycha in the 37th minute, equalizing after Ecuadorian Joao Plata had opened the scoring for AdiZero.
LAUDERHILL, Fla. – AdiPower and AdiPure played to a 0-0 draw in the first game of the 2011 MLS Combine on Saturday.
Both sides featured some of the best defensive prospects in the draft, and it showed on the field, as chances were few and far between for both AdiPower and AdiPure.
Dartmouth’s Dan Keat had an early chance for AdiPower when Anthony Ampaipitakwong teed him up for a shot from outside the box. Keat, however, curled it over the bar.
Head coach: Ken Lolla; Assistant: Rick Brownell
Head coach: Alan Dawson; Assistant: Brian Doyle
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – University of North Carolina midfielder Dustin McCarty has heard enough. He’s tired – and frankly fed up – of all the “Dax’s brother” references, and is committed to end them if selected in next Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.
“It’s annoying trying to follow in my brother’s footsteps,” Dustin
McCarty told MLSsoccer.com on Friday. “I want to make a new name for
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