St Louis, MO…St Louis Lions players continue to move onto the professional ranks and two more have an opportunity to impress scouts this weekend at the UMBRO USL Combine which will be hosted by the Charleston Battery of USL PRO at the club’s famous Blackbaud Stadium from January 20-23 in Charleston, SC.
Defenders Alen Bradaric and Terrance Cosby as well as 101 additional players will be working out for soccer US and International scouts. More than 400 players applied to participate in this year’s combine, which offers a showcase for PDL alumni, recent college graduates and international talent to take their shot at the next level.
“I am very excited about the combine. It has always been my dream to play at the professional level. Ever since I was a kid in Bosnia I wanted to play.” Says Alen Bradaric. “Who knew I would end up in St Louis and have the opportunity to go pro and my experience with the Lions has really helped me develop professionally.”
Bradaric came to St Louis with his family in 1999 after immigrating from Bosanska Gradiska, Bosnia. Bradaric attended Afton High School where he was earned 1st team all-conference, all-district and all-state team honors. He later went on to graduate and play at Lindenwood University from 2007 to 2010.
Cosby, from Jefferson City, played four seasons with Greenville College where he earned NCAA Division III all-region team honors. Cosby had spot duty with the Lions in 2010 but was impressive enough to earn an invite to the USL Combine.
“Both players can definitely play at the next level and will compliment any defensive system.” said St. Louis Lions President and Head Coach Tony Glavin “We are very happy for them and we hope they do well.”
“The PDL system is crucial to the development of soccer in this country and we are seeing first hand what the benefits are to having a PDL team here in St Louis. As we continue to grow we will see more and more players from St Louis have the opportunity to go pro. It is exciting.”
Lions Announce Open Tryouts
The St. Louis Lions Soccer Club has announced they will hold Open Tryouts on February 19th and 20th of 2011.
Tryouts for both the men’s Premier Development League (PDL) and reserve squads will be held together from 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Anyone who wishes to try out for the teams can, but must pre-register through the St. Louis Lions office by calling (636) 939-5151 and by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Tryout” in the subject line. There is a fee of $75 to register and tryout location and remaining details will be given at that time.
The St. Louis Lions are entering their sixth season in the PDL. In the previous seasons The Lions have provided an opportunity for players to be exposed to professional scouts throughout the United States and Internationally. Currently the Lions have assisted in placing ten player’s into the professional ranks in the US and Internationally.
The St. Louis Lions are a member of the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League, where players have the ability to compete in the PDL throughout the summer months in a professionalized setting while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is the proving ground for players that aspire to reach the highest-levels of the game, while providing affordable family entertainment within their city.