LAUDERHILL, Fla. – As the final whistle of the day signaled the end of the MLS Combine, for the 2012 MLS SuperDraft hopefuls, a new wait begins.
Uncertainty abounds for those players entering Thursday without either a league contract or Generation adidas deal. At this point, there’s nothing else to do but see what happens over the next week.
“I know the dynamic of the draft is difficult,” midfielder Kirk Urso (pictured above, right) told MLSsoccer.com. “I’m not putting too much on it. If I get drafted first round, great; if I don’t get drafted in the SuperDraft, that’s fine. I’m looking more towards getting in with a team, that’s my main goal, and proving my worth to them.”
Urso, who said he is planning on returning to Chapel Hill, N.C., instead of attending Thursday's SuperDraft in Kansas City, brings plenty of experience from a highly renowned program. And while his team, Prime, dropped all three matches, he was pleased with what he had done.
“Obviously, I don’t think results went our way this combine,” he said. “I thought my performance – I thought I did what I do and thought I had a good showing."
Other players simply want to relax after going through the hectic schedule of three games in five days at the combine.
“Right now, first day when I get back, I’m just going to chill,” Mykell Bates told MLSsoccer.com. “Then I’ll talk it over with my parents, see if we want to go to KC. In terms of thinking about it, stressing about it, at this point, I did everything I can do.”
No matter what kind of nerves may still be swirling about, all players were eager to learn what lies ahead.
“I’m very excited about [the SuperDraft], and hopefully a good situation works out,” Andy Rose told MLSsoccer.com. “It’s a case where I would be pleased with any place where I went. I would love to represent myself in MLS. I think I’m good enough and would love the opportunity to.”