The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) has announce that their third annual Player Showcase will take place on January 7-9, 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
James Togbah, 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, will be representing FC Wichita. Togbah who began playing for FC Wichita in March of 2016, quickly became a center piece after a fantastic performance in a pre season friendly against the USL Tulsa Roughnecks. Tulsa defeated FC Wichita 3-2, but Togbah proved to be a up to the challenge and was later voted Wichita’s Man of the Match.
“James has been nothing but a pro from the moment he arrived in Wichita, said CEO Blake Shumaker. “He deserves this opportunity! Togbah’s play speaks for itself, but its much more then that when you evaluate him. He possess everything a professional club wants in their players, his self discipline and training habits are off the charts, he’s involved in our community, and if you watch him play you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat.”
The NPSL has worked hard for three years to build and improve upon the showcase experience for their players. Now in version 3.0 they have eyes and ears open across all levels of US Soccer.
“The goal of this event is to give our young players the opportunity to be recognized and get to the next level, and realize their dreams,” Showcase Committee Chairman Kenny Farrell remarked. “We did not want to inhibit players who may have financial constraints. This is an important commitment from the league to its teams and players, and provides an opportunity for professional coaches, scouts, and agents to experience the talent in the NPSL. We think everyone will be impressed with what they see.”
StubHub Center is southern California’s home of world-class competition and training facilities for amateur, Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes. Managed by AEG Facilities, the $150 million, privately financed facility was developed by AEG on a 125-acre site on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). StubHub Center features an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, a 27,167-seat stadium for soccer, football and other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts; a 2,000-seat facility for track & field and a 2,450-seat indoor Velodrome – the VELO Sports Center – for track cycling.
“In response to feedback from scouts and coaches, we adjusted the player profile to involve younger players this year,” Farrell continued. “Simply put, the league’s top young talent will be put on display for all to see during three great days at the amazing StubHub Center.”
StubHub Center is home to Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, the five-time MLS Cup Champions. StubHub Center is also home of the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) High Performance Training Center, the national team training headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and EXOS, an international training center for elite and professional athletes.
Past showcase participants that have signed professional contracts include Tyler Pasher, Brian Cunningham, Brenden Alfery, Jackson Eskay, and Darvin Ebanks. Sponsors for this year’s showcase include Mitre, Staples, and Kixsports.
The showcase will feature players from all of the league’s four regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. This event is exclusive to registered NPSL players from the 2016 season. There is no combine fee, costs are covered completely by the NPSL and the individual team ownership while the player is at the event.
NPSL clubs nominated their top players for consideration to represent their region. Nominations were then reviewed by a committee, which determined the final invite list.
Coaches, agents, and scouts that are interested in attending the showcase should register with the league by emailing RSVP@NPSLsoccer.net. All registered coaches, scouts, and agents will receive a comprehensive player information packet in advance and upon check-in.
Training sessions will take place on Saturday, January 7th with games taking place on both Sunday, January 8th and Monday, January 9th. The full schedule of events can be found below:
Saturday, January 7th
4:30 pm West Region and South Region training sessions
5:45 pm Northeast Region and Midwest Region training sessions
Sunday, January 8th
10:00 am Match #1 – West Region vs. South Region
11:40 am Match #2 – Northeast Region vs. Midwest Region
7:00 pm Dinner Event
Monday, January 9th
10:00 am – Championship Match
11:40 am – Consolation Match