Major League Soccer announced on Monday the third-ever adidas MLS College Showcase will take place from Dec. 9-12 in Raleigh, North Carolina in conjunction with the 2022 NCAA Men’s College Cup and in advance of the 2023 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on Dec. 21.
adidas MLS College Showcase details
The 2022 adidas MLS College Showcase will feature 44 top college players, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, participating in a series of training sessions, testing, interviews, and match play.
Players on the four remaining teams in College Cup contention will not participate in the 2022 adidas MLS College Showcase. However, technical staffs from MLS clubs will attend the remaining College Cup matches in Cary, N.C. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 12.
This event will allow MLS clubs to scout and interact with potential MLS SuperDraft selections across different stages of their collegiate careers without jeopardizing players’ collegiate eligibility. The 2022 adidas MLS College Showcase is a closed event and only open to MLS club technical staffs.
Player lists to come
The full list of 44 players invited to attend the 2022 adidas MLS College Showcase will be released later this week; the list of invitees is subject to change before the event. The eligible player list for the 2023 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas will be announced at a later date following the 2022 adidas MLS College Showcase.
“We are excited to once again host the adidas MLS College Showcase to provide an opportunity for top college soccer players to display their talents in front of each MLS Clubs’ technical staff,” said Alecko Eskandarian, MLS Senior Director, Player Relations & Player Development.
“We appreciate and value the role of college soccer in the player development pathway and have seen many players go on to have successful professional careers after competing in the college ranks. We are thankful for the support from the NCAA and college soccer programs around the country to help execute this event.”
Fourteen players who participated in the 2021 adidas MLS College Showcase are currently on MLS rosters. They include FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Roman Celentano, Real Salt Lake midfielder Jasper Löeffelsend and more.