The Long Island Rough Riders will have not one, but two representatives at the 2018 Major League Soccer Player Combine this week.
Forward Arthur Bosua and defender Andre Morrison are among the 60 NCAA Division I college players invited to the week-long showcase from Jan. 11-17 in Orlando to be evaluated by all 23 MLS clubs ahead of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia.
“Being invited to the MLS Combine means that I’m blessed to have been on successful NCAA and PDL teams these past few years,” Bosua said. “I’m excited to be a part of such an elite group of quality players. I’m happy that I have been able to effectively contribute so far.”
Bosua, a senior at Columbia University, is a two-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year (2017 & 2016) and earned all-conference honors three times in his career with the Lions. He scored a team-leading seven goals and added four assists with the Rough Riders to help propel Long Island to the 2017 PDL Eastern Conference Final.
“Arthur is a classic No. 9 who can hold the ball up and is a constant goal-scoring threat,” Rough Riders men’s coach Flavio Ferri said. “He also helps the team in so many ways that don’t appear on the stat sheet, including with his tireless work rate, determination, and character.”
Morrison, a senior at Hartford University, was named to the 2017 America East All-Conference first team for his consistency and play on the backline for the Hawks. He had one goal and one assist in more than 1,100 regular-season minutes for the Rough Riders in the summer.
“Andre is a physically gifted center back with an excellent pedigree,” Ferri said. “He has represented Jamaica’s national team at the youth level and has all the tools to become a professional.”
The MLS Combine features physical testing, interviews, and three full-field matches (Jan. 13, 15 & 17) for players to display their talents both on and off the field to MLS scouts and technical staffs.
The 60 college players invited, including 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy finalists forward Jon Bakero (Wake Forest) and defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford), were selected by a committee of MLS coaches and NCAA Division I coaches from every conference. All players must have completed their college eligibility this season.
“I’m really looking forward to playing and meeting everyone else who is involved in this event,” Bosua said. “I have always wanted to get to this stage. I am going into it prepared and confident.”
BY: Michael LoRé