Report from Combine
With the MLS Combine coming to a close Tuesday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Chivas USA’s head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, ‘El Chelis,’ feels like he’s seen what he needed to see to make his decision on who he will choose on Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.
After five days of Combine match-ups and player interviews, Chelis told MLSsoccer.com his top selection in the draft: University of Connecticut forward Carlos Alvarez.
“The top thing for me was his desire to be a part of Chivas USA,” Chelis said. “He has a lot of hopes to join the group, it has always been his dream, his dad played for Guadalajara and he’s from Los Angeles.”
In the combine, Alvarez played in the Prime squad, recorded one goal and one assist. Regardless of his the amount of goals he scored, Chelis saw something in him that convinced him by the second match. Something that he can put into work in Chivas USA.
“He has a lot of positive characteristics as a soccer player,” Sanchez Solá said. “He plays well, he has good field vision, but at the end of the day, it could be that they don’t perform when they should. He told me that he yearns to be part of the team and we need people like that.”
With Combine over, Chelis will travel to Indianapolis for Thursday’s event and will return to Los Angeles for preseason that begins Friday, Jan. 18 in The Home Depot Center. Aside from getting to know the players, Chelis’ first and top priority with the team lies outside of the field.
“I want to convince them and let them know of the commitment and responsibility we have to this club,” said Coach Chelis. “We’re not here just to cruise by, we’re not here to abide a contract, and we’re not here because nobody else wants us. We’re responsible for a large part of Chivas and that’s something we have to work on. The day we are truly convinced, we’ll play as if there were 13 of us on the field.”