Neither Evan James or Babayele Sodade are likely to be taken during the two rounds of the proper SuperDraft but both managed to earn invites to the 2012 MLS Combine and are making the most of it. Needing strong showings to ensure their place in the Supplemental draft both Canadians turned a few heads with their efforts in today's games.
In the first game of the afternoon it was Evan James, a Mississauga native, who stole some of the spotlight as he scored the goal of the combine so far. His long range effort will be sure to turn some heads as the Charlotte senior proved that he has the ability to strike the ball well. His right-footed drive from 25 yards out gave the keeper absolutely no chance as he blasted it straight in to the top corner of the goal. James' effort pulled his adiZero squad within one goal at 2-1 but that was all they could manage as they fell to defeat.
In today's second game another Canadian did will to help his chances of getting drafted as Windsor native Babayele Sodade netted in his adiPrime teams 4-2 defeat. His effort was much less impressive than James' goal but it did show that he has the instincts required to provide a finishing touch in front of goal as he poked home the easy chance late in the game. Sodade was on the spot to take advantage of a good run and pass by Darren Mattocks that left the UAB senior with an easy tap in.
Now even with the goals scored by the Canadians it would be a huge surprise if either makes it into the two rounds of the SuperDraft. A good effort this weekend though could convince an MLS side to give them a shot with a later pick in the Supplemental Draft. Even if neither even makes it at the MLS level it is always nice to see an increased Canadian presence at MLS events.
Evan James' goal after the jump.