KISSIMEE, FLA. (January 13, 2017) – The National Premier Soccer League kicked off their fourth annual Player Showcase, Saturday, at Austin-Tindall Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
The top 60 U-23 players totaling four regions (Northeast, Midwest, South & West) descended upon Orlando, Florida for the player showcase aiming to catch the eye of pro scouts and coaches from the MLS, NASL & USL.
Coupled with six NPSL alums at the MLS Combine at nearby Orlando City Stadium, the league welcomed Stuart Dobson, Goalkeepers Coach for the Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL), to assist in the evaluation of the four goalkeepers a part of the showcase.
All four regional teams held training sessions at the soccer complex Saturday evening in anticipation of live games held Sunday morning.
Catching up with Northeast Conference coach Roberto Aguas of NJ Copa FC following his session, he had this to say of the energy tonight from his side: “I was actually very impressed, we got started slow as I expected, Aguas said. “These guys don’t know each other. We had a good meeting this afternoon, we took an extra 15 minutes to go over formations, but as soon as we started to compete, they’re the best of the best, as soon as they started competing the quality got very high.”
Chris Hanlon of the Demize NPSL and South Conference coach echoed that sentiment following training: “I think there’s a lot of energy in our group of boys. Obviously, the south region is one of the largest regions in the NPSL so we’re able to pull players from a huge geographic area, which gives us a different kind of feel compared to some of the other regions that are smaller in nature.”
Sunday’s games get started bright and early with the West facing the Northeast at 9 a.m. ET at Field #3 followed by the Midwest versus the South at 10:45 a.m. ET.