'Professional' Foster attracts MLS scouts at Combine
Real Salt Lake assistant coach Tyrone Marshall said that Portmore United's striker, Maalique Foster, drew interest from coaches and scouts at the Major League Soccer (MLS) Caribbean Combine in Florida last week.
Foster was among three Jamaicans and a total of 22 players from the Caribbean who participated in the annual event.
"I thought Maalique was the best player at the Caribbean Combine," Marshall, who is a former MLS star and Jamaica national senior team defender, told Star Sports yesterday.
"I understand that he (Foster) was approached by coaches and scouts. They have interest in him. It was great for him as he got better in each training session," he said.
Marshall hopes that this could be a break for the former Jamaica College schoolboy football star.
"I hope something happens for him in getting a contract in MLS or Europe. His attitude was very good. He is a very polite young man. He came in and shook hands with everybody, and that is a sign of professionalism," Marshall shared.
Foster was excited about an opportunity to get a professional contract.
"It was a very good experience, to go there and showcase my talent at the MLS Caribbean Combine last week. Yes, they are interested in me, so I am just waiting on something," the 21-year-old Foster said after Portmore's game against Humble Lion in the Red Stripe Premier League on Wednesday at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
The Major League Soccer Caribbean Combine is an annual showcase of Caribbean football talent between the ages of 18 and 21 organised jointly by MLS and the Caribbean Football Union in 2013, with the inaugural combine being held in January 2014. All 31 member associations are encouraged to send representatives that fit the criteria.
The combine provides opportunities for Caribbean players to be observed by MLS scouts with the hopes of being invited to the MLS Combine, an invite-only showcase event held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, prior to the annual MLS SuperDraft. The combine is part of an agreement between the two entities as they try to promote football development throughout the Caribbean region.