Perry Kitchen, Akron
Ernie Aranyosi

Generation adidas players on display in US U-20 scrimmage

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — With a final shot to impress MLS technical staffs ahead of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft next week, Perry Kitchen registered another efficient performance for the US U-20s at an intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday morning.

The Generation adidas player, projected to be potential No. 1 pick, played one half at left centerback and another half as a holding midfielder, at the request of the MLS coaches in attendance, who wanted to see him play multiple positions.

Due to his participation in the U-20 camp, Kitchen and fellow GA players Zac MacMath, Zarek Valentin, and Omar Salgado, are not involved in the MLS Combine, also being held here in Fort Lauderdale.

Valentin and Salgado similarly played multiple positions. Salgado featured at left wing and center forward while Valentin logged minutes at right back and then at left centerback.

The intrasquad scrimmage saw a goal by Derby County’s Conor Doyle and two by 1860 Munich’s Bobby Wood. It was Joe Gyau who was the catalyst on both goals scored by Wood, with weaving runs into the penalty area.

Other MLS players participating in the match were FC Dallas left back Moises Hernandez, Philadelphia’s Amobi Okugo (holding mid and right back) and the DC duo of Conor Shanosky (holding mid and centerback) and Ethan White (right back and center back). Sebastien Ibeagha, a product of the Houston Dynamo academy now at Duke University, also showed well.

Sunday’s event was held on the main field of Central Broward Regional Park, where the 2011 MLS Combine continues on Monday with the second of three doubleheaders.