The professional soccer trial/tryout is aimed at players who wish to be selected for:
- Signing or trialing with professional European and American teams in attendance.
- PSC Agency recommendation to clubs across Europe, America and Asia.
- Upcoming PSC Professional Showcase Tours and Residential Program.
Attending Coaches and Scouts:
REAL MONARCHS: USA, USL
Real Monarchs ran away with the USL regular season Championship this year whilst also setting an all-time unbeaten USL record of 9 consecutive victories. The club is affiliated with MLS club Real Salt Lake who use the Monarchs to recruit players and coaches into the top tier of American soccer. Head Coach Mark Briggs, who masterminded the clubs record-smashing season, will be attending our combines looking to recruit ahead of the 2018 season.
FK KAUNO: ZALGIRIS, LITHUANIA, PREMIER LEAGUE
FK Kauno Zalgiris is a professional soccer club in Kaunas, Lithuania. The club was founded in 2005 and is led by former Rangers and Lithuanian National team player Andrius Velicka who is the current Technical Director. Lithuania is a country that has very few restrictions on international players and is an excellent first step for American players looking to break into Europe. Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania and is a modern city and popular city. We look forward to welcoming the club to our winter events this year to view potential talent.
CHARLESTON BATTERY: USA, USL
Charleston Battery are looking for fresh talent to add to their side for their 2017 campaign. Since being founded in 1993, Battery have tasted an abundance of success during their 23-year history, enjoying both cup and league silverware. They have won four league titles, most recently lifting the USL trophy back in 2012. The team play their home games at the MUSC Health Stadium, which boasts a 5,000 capacity.
UMF STJARNAAN: ICELAND, PREMIER LEAGUE
UMF Stjarnaan have played in the Icelandic Premier League since 2009. In 2014, Stjarnan won their first ever Úrvalsdeild Karla title by going through the season unbeaten and equaled the Úrvalsdeild point record of 52 points. This season they finished 2nd in the Premier League, and Scout Eidur Eriksson will be in attendance looking for players ahead of the 2018 season.
THRÓTTUR REYKJAVÍK FC: ICELAND, DIVISION 1
Throttur FC are based in the desirable city of Reykjavík in Iceland and narrowly missed out on one of the top two promotion spots to the Icelandic Premier League this season after finishing 3rd in Division One. Assistant Coach Jamie Brassington will be attending PSC combines looking to strengthen the squad as they push for promotion the Premier League in the 2018 season.
STORD SUNNHORDLAND FK: NORWAY, DIVISION 2
Newly-appointed Stord Sunnhordland Head Coach Jón Páll Pálmason will be making his third appearance at PSC’s Pro Soccer Combines this winter, looking for a range of players to add to his club’s roster. The Norwegian outfit, who compete in the third tier of the country’s football league system, were founded back in 2002 and lifted the Division Three league title back in 2004. Stord play their home matches in the Stord Stadion, and will be looking to make progress during the coming months and years with the help of PSC’s tryout events.
FK JURNIEKS: LATVIA, DIVISION 2
FK Jurnieks is a newly formed club playing in the capital city of Latvia, Riga. The club will be in search for a number of new players to bring into the club this summer. It is based in a prime location with access and exposure to many clubs at the higher levels in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. After attending PSC’s Summer Combines and Tours they have signed Andrew Torres, Jeison Castillo, Tanner Williams and Eric Carrion. The club does not have a limit on foreign players and is a good pathway for American players into European soccer.
KITSAP PUMAS: NPSL, USA
Kitsap Soccer Club, formerly known as the Kitsap Pumas, is an American soccer team based in Bremerton, Washington close to Seattle. The team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. From its foundation in 2009 to 2016, the club played in the Premier Development League (PDL), as a professional club. Kitsap has won several titles including the 2011 USL PDL national championship. The club is full time from April to July and has developed a number of players over the years that have gone onto play in the USL, Europe and MLS. They will be attending the combine in search for quality players that they can look to develop and work with for the 2018 season.
David Irving will be attending all PSC combines this winter across the United States. The former Everton striker is currently Director of Soccer at the Tulsa Roughnecks in the USL and has signed and assisted an abundance of players with their professional careers over the last 7 years through PSC events. He has been involved in the USL as a Head Coach since 1996 with the Wilmington Hammerheads and Tulsa Roughnecks winning the USL Championships in 2003 and reaching the finals in 2002 and 2012. With a good eye for players, he has assisted hundreds of players throughout his coaching career with a pathway into the game. Notable players who he has helped with their first route into professional soccer include Luke Mulholland (Real Salt Lake, MLS), Brady Ballew (Tulsa Roughnecks, USL), Glenn Murray (Brighton Hove Albion, English Premier League), Oscar Jimenez (Louisville City, USL), Daniel Steres (LA Galaxy, MLS).
Alex has been working with PSC for the past six months in placing players in the Baltic region (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and Czech Republic. With professional playing experience in Iceland, Singapore, Latvia, Finland, Faroe Islands and numerous other countries, Alex brings an abundance of experience and contacts to PSC’s recruitment team.
Alex was responsible for the recent placement of 2016 Portugal Showcase Tour player, Gary Cennerazzo with FK Varnsdorf in the Czech Republic and will be looking for more talent during this summer’s events.
PAUL TAYLOR: PSC MANAGING DIRECTOR
Paul Taylor, boasts over 35 years of top-level professional football experience from playing, coaching and management in both England and the USA. He has been responsible for a number of transfers after recent PSC events including Taylor Morgan: Signed with Ostersunds FK (Sweden), Stevie Manios: Trial with Brentford FC (England), Henry Booth: Trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (England) and Shane McInerney: Trial with Hibernians FC, Signed with Linkoping (Sweden).
PSC AGENCY STAFF: WORLDWIDE RECRUITMENT
Since 2002 PSC have forged a respectable reputation in the professional game – working with players, coaches and teams from Europe’s top leagues including the English Premier League and American leagues such as the MLS, NASL and USL Pro. This long-standing reputation within the professional game has led to a number of former Combine participants both signing and trialling with clubs around the world, who trust the recommendations of PSC Agency staff.
Plus more to be confirmed shortly
What the Coaches have to say
What PSC are doing here in Orebro, Sweden is great. It’s a chance for American players to be seen by great coaches and scouts. As a coach its always fun to come out and see new players, even more to see players from a new country and different culture”
Axel Kjell, Orebro SK Coach (Swedish Allsvenskan)
I have had a great relationship with Tom Taylor PSC for 5 years now. At combines I get to work with players directly and learn their character which is important. I also trust PSC’s judgement of players even if I have not seen the play directly as they have a great reputation in the professional game
Christian Samuelsson, BK Boden Sporting Director (Sweden)
I’ve been working with PSC since they began in 2010 and these events are great for players and for coaches. I get to see a large number of players all at one time playing in a high level, professional environment that PSC create for the players.
Dave Irving, USL Hall of Famer, Tulsa Roughnecks (USL Pro)
What the players have to say
“PSC helped me showcase my skills for five weeks in Europe, and earning a trial with a club in the Championship is something I never thought was possible for me. I feel ready, especially after training hard every day with PSC’s professional coaches for the last five weeks.
Stevie Manios (CSU Northridge) trialed with Brentford FC (England)
“The Showcase tour was a great experience! I discovered that coaching staff of Danish Super League side HB Koge were watching. Talks between Mark Taylor (PSC CEO and Agent) and HB Koge progressed over the coming weeks and I ended up signing a two year contract!”
Shawn Nicklaw (UConn), signed with HB Koge (Denmark)
“The coaches and staff were exceptional in creating a comfortable, non-stressful environment where the players could be free to play. Since then, there’s been a lot of consistent communication and it has made this process easy to follow. I really appreciate everything that PSC and Simon Deeley (PSC Director) has done for me.”
Tori Ornela (CSU Bakersfield) signed with Haukar FC (Women’s Icelandic Premier League)
“It was surreal as I had to phone my parents and explain that I wouldn’t be back for three months. I had never done anything like this but I am glad I did it with PSC and please trust me, it’s worth it. It’s an amazing opportunity and I am very thankful to PSC, Tom and Simon (PSC Directors) for making it happen.”
Gary Cennerazzo, signed with Melleruds IF (Sweden), Tulsa Roughnecks (USL Pro) and FK Varnsdorf (Czech Republic)
“Your past accomplishments don’t really matter during the tryouts; I feel that if you play well over the three days, you’ll get a chance. There are so many coaches at the combines, and even if they don’t offer you an opportunity, the guys from PSC will work hard to help you organise a tryout, which is what happened in my case”
Steffen Kraus (George Mason University) signed with Karlslunds IF (Sweden)
PSC is offering a discounted hotel package for Combine players to take advantage of as follows:
Check in: December 12th 2017
Check out: December 15th 2017
Cost: $220 per person
Room: Shared with one other Combine player.
Included: Breakfast, Wifi & Parking
Hotel Address: Best Western Plus Irvine Spectrum Hotel, 23192 Lake Center Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Nearest Airport(s): John Wayne Airport (SNA) – 9.9 Miles, Los Angeles International (LAX) – 49 Miles, Long Beach Airport (LBG) – 38 Miles.
*Hotel is located 7 miles from Combine field. 5-10 minute drive to Facility and very close to Spectrum Center.
*This is a shared hotel room with another Combine player. If you wish to have a single room or share with a family member you will need to cover the additional costs.
*Only 20 hotel spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis
If you are unable to attend due to injury, emergency, or any other reason, we will be able to offer you a 12 month credit for any of our future combines. Credits are only valid for 12 months.
Within 5 days of the event finishing we will contact all players via email to inform you if you have been offered a contract or a trial with one of the professional clubs in attendance, been recommended to a club within our network, or been selected for one of our further programs.
Players are responsible for their own transport to and from the airport and fields. PSC has partnered with Uber to offer our Combine participants the cheapest transportation available. All first-time users of the app will receive $15 towards their first ride to reduce costs. Download the app today and use promo code ‘uberPSCSOCCER’ to redeem your free $15 ride.