5 Rough Riders to MLS College Showcase

Written by Michael Lewis, Front Row Soccer

Five members of the Long Island Rough Riders’ men’s team will be among 44 players who were invited to the MLS College Showcase, Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday.

The senior quintet included Hofstra University forward Ryan Carmichael, Duke University defender Amir Daley, Syracuse University midfielder Jeorgio Kocevski, University of Pittsburgh midfielder Filip Mirkovic and Northwestern University forward Justin Weiss.

The four-day event, which will run from Dec. 6-9 in Phoenix, Ariz., will give technical staffs from MLS clubs an opportunity to scout the top prospects in the country prior to the MLS SuperDraft, which is scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Carmichael scored 17 goals for the Pride this season, which was second prior to the men’s College Cup final four this weekend. He also assisted on five goals. The Armagh, Northern Ireland native finished his college career with 46 goals and 18 assists. Carmichael was named to the Atlantic Region and Coastal Athletic Association first teams.

Daley, who hails from Elmont, N.Y., closed out a sterling collegiate career, starting 17 of the 18 games he played. Daley recorded a goal and a career-high four assists this past season. He played more than 1,000 minutes in each of his four seasons. Daley was named First Team All-South Region.

Kocevski, a member of the 2022 NCAA Division I championship team, scored one goal, but registered a career-high 12 assists this past campaign. The Liverpool, N.Y. native completed his college career, scoring seven goals and adding 18 assists.

Mirkovic collected nine assists this past fall for Pitt, while setting the career program mark with 28. During the summer, the Manhattan, N.Y. resident played with the Wrexham Dragons in the $1 million winner-take-all, The Soccer Tournament.

Weiss, who calls Syosset, N.Y. home, enjoyed a memorable season with the wildcats. He was named All-Big Ten for the second time. His seven assists ranked him first in the conference. Weiss also finished with seven goals, including a hat-trick and an assist in a 4-1 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago.

This past summer, the Rough Riders won the Metropolitan Division title in USL League Two. They were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs.

The showcase is a closed-door scouting event officially sanctioned by the NCAA.

The eligible player list for the MLS SuperDraft will be announced at a later date, the league said.


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