Cavalier SC goalkeeper Jeadine White said that he will be going to Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Caribbean Combine for an opportunity to enter college in the United States of America (USA).
The 17-year-old, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) sixth-form student is among four Jamaicans invited for the MLS Caribbean Combine from January 9-11 at the Sawgrass Hotel and Suites Sports Complex outside Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
He will depart the island on Tuesday with his Cavalier teammate Alex Marshall, Oneil Anderson of Arnett Gardens and Maalique Foster of Portmore United.
White, who picked up his US visa on Thursday, made it clear that he has no intention of getting a professional contract at this time.
“I am just going there to do my best. I am not going there for a contract, let’s get that out of the way. My main focus is to go to college. I am not going there to catch the eyes of club scouts. I will be looked at by college scouts and not club scouts,” White told Star Sports.
White who was captain of STATHS, led his school to the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup final for the first time in 30 years where they lost to Jamaica College on penalty kicks.
He was selected for the All-Schools team that went to a tournament in the US last December, but did not make the trip because his US visa application was turned down.
Players will compete in front of scouts for three days for the potential to be signed directly by an MLS club during an upcoming transfer window.
The Caribbean Combine will lead into the 2018 Adidas MLS Player Combine, which will be held from January 11-17 in Orlando. Both Combines will be followed by the 2018 MLS SuperDraft presented by Adidas on January 19 in Philadelphia.