NEW YORK – Former Columbia men’s soccer standouts Rhys Williams and Arthur Bosua just completed their first day of games in the NPSL Showcase and MLS Combine, today in Orlando.

Both events are running simultaneously at Orlando City Stadium.

Williams, a 2017 Columbia grad and member of the 2016 Ivy League Championship squad, hopes to collect a contract after the three-day NPSL Showcase, playing primarily as a right back. For the Weston, Florida, native, finding chemistry with his new teammates has been the first goal of the trip.

“We have to try to feel each other out and get to know each other pretty quickly,” Williams said. "It’s nice to see where everyone is from and to get to know new people. Everyone here has a sense of the game and has their own sets of talents, so we try to help each other out and gain chemistry during the game.”

After a light training session and the first game today, Williams and Team Northeast have two more chances to impress at the event that has many former players that range in age from 19 to 24.

Bosua has a similar setup at the MLS Combine, playing for Team Tango, which is one of four teams that are showcased. While the Johannesburg, South African, native has seen many familiar faces of former foes in Florida, he has experienced a similar challenge as Williams with adjusting to new approaches.

“I have never played with anyone on my team before, so it’s interesting to figure out guys playing styles and tendencies then adjusting to those,” said Bosua. “It helps to know that many of these players have a strong soccer intelligence. It’s definitely tough, but I think that going into the second and third game we’ll keep building more chemistry and hopefully it translates to a result for the team.”

All the matches at Orlando City Stadium can be seen live on YouTube. The first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft takes place Friday in Philadelphia.