Clemson, S.C. – Robbie Robinson and Kimarni Smith are set to represent Clemson at the inaugural MLS College Showcase in Raleigh, N.C., with the event starting on Friday, Dec. 13 and running through Dec. 15. The two Tigers are a part of the event’s 40-player pool. The event is designed to bring together elite talent from across the country, allowing for members of MLS technical staffs to evaluate potential SuperDraft selection. The event has no effect on any participating player’s collegiate eligibility.
Head Coach Mike Noonan spoke on the event by saying, “It’s good exposure for our players. It recognizes the potential they have shown and that there is interest in seeing them compete at the next level.”
The event will feature training sessions, testing, interviews and match play between the players. The event is held in conjunction with the 2019 Men’s College Cup and remains a closed-door scouting event that is officially sanctioned by the NCAA.
The ACC is well represented at the event, with seven schools combining to send 11 athletes to the event. The 11 athletes from the ACC are the most by a single conference at the event. Daniel Pereira from Virginia Tech is the youngest participant in the event, with Pereira being just one of two freshmen to invited.
The full release provided by the MLS for the 2019 College Showcase can be found here.
The MLS College Showcase is a part of the league’s lead-up towards the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, which is set to take place on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 12 p.m. The event will stream live on Twitter, ESPN App, YouTube and Facebook with the full experience being offered to fans via multiple social platforms. The list of eligible players list for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be announced on Monday, Dec. 30.
The full release provided by the MLS in regards to the SuperDraft can be found here.