MLS Combine to be held across three islands

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The third consecutive MLS sponsored Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Combine will be held across three countries instead of one central venue as in previous years.

It will begin in St Kitts from December 13-16, while the other venues are Curacao (December 17-20), and Martinique (January 1-4).

Twenty-four players have been invited to each venue, representing a marked increase in the number of elite players from the Caribbean who will vie to be among those selected to attend the MLS Combine from January 8-13 in South Florida.

St Kitts will host players from Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and USVI.

Players from Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Bonaire, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago will be hosted by Curacao, while Martinique will host Barbados, Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, St Maarten, St Martin, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia.

CFU President Gordon Derrick said the main reason for decentralising the initiative is to increase participation and opportunity.

“We are grateful to our partners at the MLS who were receptive to our proposal to hold the Combine in more than one venue. This will allow a greater number of Caribbean players to attend and to have the chance to gain selection to the South Florida Combine where they will be seen by pro scouts,” Derrick said.

Under the expanded arrangement, member associations are responsible for airfare while the MLS will absorb all other costs.