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New York City FC affiliated players could shine at combine

Two players from NYCFC’s PDL affiliate are among those at the 2018 MLS adidas Player Combine.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Two players from New York City FC’s Premier Development League (PDL) affiliate, the Long Island Rough Riders, are participating in the 2018 MLS adidas Player Combine from Jan. 11-17 at Orlando City Stadium. The combine brings together more than 60 of the top NCAA Division I college players, where they can be scouted by representatives from all 23 MLS clubs.

Forward Arthur Bosua and defender Andre Morrison, two of the Rough Riders’ top players from last season, look to take the combine by storm. They are currently seniors at Columbia University and the University of Hartford, respectively.

Bosua — two-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year — is a target forward that can contribute both goals and assists. In about 1200 minutes with the Rough Riders, he scored seven goals and assisted on three. At Columbia, he tallied 27 goals and 12 assists. NYCFC could use his skills as a backup to David Villa; he could possibly even replace Villa in the future. Bosua has been linked to NYCFC in several mock drafts.

Morrison is a center back that is very physically gifted according to Flávio Ferri, head coach of the Rough Riders men’s team. While Morrison had just one goal and one assist in about 1300 minutes with Long Island, he is a defender after all. NYCFC could use more center backs and Morrison could be a second-round steal.

It’ll be interesting to see how Bosua and Morrison fare against the combine’s tougher competition, as they played in conferences that don’t typically churn out professional prospects, like the ACC does. NYCFC may have some inside information on these two, but good performances will make other teams aware as well.

The MLS SuperDraft takes place on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia.

What do you think? How will these players perform at the combine? Are there any other players that you think will stand out in Orlando? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.