NEW YORK – A pair of former Columbia men’s soccer players will be in action in Orlando starting Thursday, during the MLS Adidas Player Combine, and the NPSL Showcase.
Arthur Bosua was one of 60 selections to be invited to the player combine, while Rhys Williams ‘17CC, who spent last season playing for the New York Cosmos B team, will take part in the NPSL Showcase, which takes place also at Orlando City Stadium.
Both players should benefit from an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a committee of MLS Coaches from all 23 clubs that will be in attendance. Following the MLS Combine, which runs Jan. 11-17, the 2018 MLS SuperDraft takes place on Jan. 19. In a recent mock draft from TopDrawerSoccer, Bosua was slotted as the No. 19 overall selection to NYCFC.
“We are all very excited for both Arthur and Rhys to be selected to the combines,” said Columbia head coach Kevin Anderson. “Arthur’s body of work over the last few years, obviously not possible without his teammates, has provided him with this opportunity. For Rhys, his journey and production in the last year with the Cosmos, along with all the support and pressures that comes with being a professional player, make him more prepared than ever before.”
This past season, Bosua was named a second team All-American and the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career. The 6-4 forward led the conference in scoring with 12 goals and five assists this past year, including a four-goal game in a 6-0 defeat of Harvard.
Williams spent 2017 with the Cosmos B team, staying local and impressing while playing most of his home contests at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. In his NPSL Showcase bio, the 6-0 defenseman was touted as a fast, smart, and strong player who does incredibly well in 1v1 situations and is never afraid to take on an opposing player. While at Columbia, Williams got the start in 35 of 49 games played, finishing his career with seven goals and five assists, while being an integral piece of the 2016 Ivy League Championship squad.