Smith misses out on MLS
Jonté Smith’s Major League Soccer dream is over, for the time being at least.
The Bermuda striker has failed to get an invite to the 2015 adidas MLS Player Combine in Florida.
Smith was in Puerto Rico over the weekend taking part in the 2015 Caribbean Combine where he competed against 18 other invitees from the region for the chance to make the six day event.
MLS scouts were in Puerto Rico to put the players through their paces and a league official confirmed last night that Smith, who has been plying his trade in Finland with Kemi Kings, was not selected to progress to the main combine.
Two of the 23 players who were invited to the inaugural Caribbean Combine in 2014 were invited to the MLS Combine, and Stefano Rijssel, of Suriname, became the first Caribbean Combine player to be drafted when he was taken by the Seattle Sounders in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft. He was later cut by the team during pre-season.
The combine in Fort Lauderdale, which starts tomorrow and runs until next Tuesday, gives players the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of representatives from all 20 MLS clubs ahead of the 2015 SuperDraft on January 15 in Philadelphia.
In all, roughly 60 players are expected to be invited to the combine with the majority made up of college seniors, who will be put through their paces by colleges coaches and MLS Academy personnel working in pairs.