Barandica-Hamilton invited to USL PRO Combine

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Nicole Betker

University of Saskatchewan Huskie striker Jerson Barandica-Hamilton has been selected to attend the United Soccer Leagues (USL) PRO Combine in Florida in January.

The USL PRO Combine provides an opportunity for elite men’s soccer players to showcase their talents for both domestic and international scouts and professional coaches. The sixth edition of the USL PRO Combine is set for January 26-29, 2012 in Bradenton, Florida.

“This is a fantastic honour for Jerson and a great way to end his CIS career,” said Huskie head coach Bryce Chapman. “Only 102 spots exist at the USL Pro Combine and there were more than 300 applicants. For him to be accepted is a prestigious honour. We are very proud of Jerson and are happy that he has a chance to continue his soccer career.”

Barandica-Hamilton had a career-year in the CIS in 2011. The fifth-year engineering student was named the Canada West MVP, a CIS First Team All-Canadian and a Canada West First Team All-Star after starting in all 14-conference games and leading the conference with eight goals and six assists. In his five-year Huskie career, he has been named a conference all-star four times and gone on to become the all-time leading goal scorer in Canada West with 37 goals and 52 points, in records dating back to 2006. He has represented Canada twice at the Summer Universiade in 2009 and 2011.

To date, nearly 150 participants have gone on to sign professional contracts with USL, MLS and international squads since the debut of the Combine in 2006. Those selected for participation in the USL PRO Combine were selected based on their playing background and their soccer achievements.

Barandica-Hamilton becomes the first Huskie and one of just five CIS players invited to the USL PRO Combine.

For more information on the USL PRO Combine visit: http:// www.uslsoccer.com

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