The Monday After

The MLS Combine got under way on Friday with hopeful MLS draftees descending on the Fort Lauderdale areas to showcase their wares in front MLS coaches, executives and more.  MLS’ official website has really ramped up the coverage of the pre-draft events, including live streaming of all of the combine matches and video features.  The league also added an interactive social media contest for those following the combine online.  The Twitter contest offered fans an opportunity to win prizes from league sponsor sega.  For more on the business aspects of the combine, check out our interview with Buzz Carrik, now of from the 2010 combine.  Mr. Carrick has become known as one of the MLS draft gurus and he provided some thoughts on the combine here.

In other news, ESPN2 will televise the SuperDraft starting at noon on Thursday.  Typically the network manages to cover the entire first round of the draft and provides insight into the players selected and the status of the league as the calendar turns to 2012.  Last year the draft coverage was hosted by the recently departed Rob Stone.  Also last year,the broadcast was presented by adidas, and commercial advertisers included McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Scottrade, the Post Office and AT&T.

We’ve long discussed the benefits of Major League Soccer’s Generation Adidas program that allows underclassmen to risk entering the SuperDraft before graduation while retaining the ability to pursue a college education on adidas’ dime if their soccer career doesn’t pan out.  Now comes this piece from Ives Galarcep (wearing his Fox Sports hat), suggesting that MLS is now diverting Generation Adidas funds to signing MLS Academy products rather than college undergraduates.  Galarcep’s article is a must read for fans interested in the signing of young domestic talent by the league.