After an offseason attending combines in warmer climates, the Stars FC coaching staff finally had a chance to hunker down Tuesday inside the Sport Hall at the National Sports Center to evaluate talent at the club’s annual invitational combine. The combine features 51 players representing 17 states and eight countries while also giving 22 Minnesota based players an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of coaches Manny Lagos, Carl Craig and Kevin Friedland.
“We take pride in running a very good combine,” Lagos said. “We leave with a lot of young kids satisfied with their experience. Having our own combine is an important process to identify both local and international players who can help improve the team.”
The combine participants are split into four teams that play two 70-minute games each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Day One saw the Red team take on Silver and Green play Blue in the morning, and Red vs. Green and Silver vs. Blue in the afternoon session.
Red got off to a flying start with a 5-2 win against Silver in the morning’s first game. Immediately after, Green walked away 3-1 winners against Blue. In the afternoon’s battle between morning winners, Green came away victorious over Red, improving its record to 2-0 with a 4-2 win. Silver bounced back from its three-goal loss in the morning with a three-goal victory, dropping Blue 4-1.
Records (W-L, goals for, goals against)
Green 2-0, 7, 3
Red 1-1, 7, 4
Silver 1-1, 6, 6