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MLS Player Combine heads to Orlando City Stadium

Orlando City striker Cyle Larin participated in the 2015 MLS Player Combine and SuperDraft before the Lions selected him first overall. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel)

Rising soccer talent from across the country will head to Orlando in January for the 2018 Major League Soccer Player Combine.

The league announced Monday the combine will be held at Orlando City Stadium from Jan. 11-17.

A group of top college players will join youth and international players hoping to catch the attention of coaches ahead of the MLS SuperDraft.

The young players will showcase their skills in front of technical staffs from all 22 current MLS teams and 2018 expansion side LAFC by participating in physical tests, interviews and matches held at the stadium Jan. 13, 15 and 17.

The draft will take place Jan.19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the United Soccer Coaches Convention.

Last year, the combine was held at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and the draft took place in nearby Los Angeles.

Orlando City forward Cyle Larin is a former combine participant who the Lions drafted No. 1 overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He went on to win Rookie of the Year honors and has led the club in scoring each season since.

MLS players will report for preseason training on Jan. 22.




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