CONCACAF and Major League Soccer have teamed up for this week’s 2018 MLS Caribbean Combine, which will take place January 9-11 at the Sawgrass Hotel and Suites Sports Complex in Sunrise, Florida.
Twenty-three players from 16 CONCACAF Member Associations across the Caribbean will take part in the invitation-only event. They will compete in front of MLS scouts, with the potential of being signed directly during an upcoming transfer window.
“This, the fifth-annual Caribbean Combine is the fruit of on-going collaboration between CONCACAF and Major League Soccer, and represents the Confederation’s commitment to unlocking new modes of access to the sport at all levels for all its Member Associations and their players,” said CONCACAF Director of Caribbean Football Horace Reid. “Providing professional opportunity for these young players — ages 18-21 — complements other Confederation initiatives to enhance the club game across the region, including recently expanded club competition platforms for the Caribbean Club Championship and the Scotiabank CONCACAF League.”
The participating countries in alphabetical order are: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Guiana, Jamaica, Martinique, Sint Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos Islands.
The Caribbean Combine will lead into the 2018 MLS Player Combine to be held Jan. 11-17 in Orlando. Both Combines will be followed by the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia.
The 2018 MLS Caribbean Combine Player Pool is -: Oniel Anderson (Jamaica); Jeff Beljour (Turks & Caicos Islands); Mazhye Burchall (Bermuda); Thierry Catherine (Martinique); Jonah Ebanks (Cayman Islands); Kyle Edwards (St. Vincent & the Grenadines); Djai Essed (Sint Maarten); Maalique Foster (Jamaica); Jules Haabo (French Guiana); Hadan Holligan (Barbados); Germain Hughes (Anguilla); Andrez Joseph (Dominica); Tyrique Lake (Anguilla); Alex Marshall (Jamaica); Gylles Mitchel (Dominica); Yohannes Mitchum (St. Kitts & Nevis); Nickenson Paul (Aruba); Na-jir Jacques Peney (Curacao); Jamarlie Stevens (Antigua & Barbuda); Kathon St. Hillaire (Trinidad & Tobago); Josiah Trimmingham (Trinidad & Tobago); Gregorio van der Biezen (Aruba), and Jeadine White (Jamaica).
The lone Vincentian is Kyle Edwrads of Barrouallie, plays with System F.C. in the local footabll league, and currently attends Ranger College in Texas.