Jan. 16, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Loaning his talents to Major League Soccer for a week, Wisconsin men’s soccer head coach John Trask recently returned to Madison having spent a week coaching the newest group of professional soccer players at the 2013 MLS Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 10-15.
An assistant coach in the MLS from 2000-2004, Trask coached the AdiZero team at the combine to an unofficial championship with a 2-0-1 record.
"It's always great to meet and work with the new crop of top players who will be drafted and starting their professional careers in the coming weeks,” Trask said. "It's always nice to win, but the goal was to showcase these great young soccer players to the coaching staff's and general managers in MLS and give them the chance to improve their draft status."
More than 60 players were invited to the combine and the vast majority of the players were former NCAA standouts.
Coaching and working with top athletes is nothing new to Trask, having coached five players who are now head coaches in MLS: Ben Olsen (DC United), Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake), Oscar Pareja (Colorado Rapids), Caleb Porter (Portland Timbers) and Jay Heaps (New England Revolution).
"It was an enjoyable five days in Fort Lauderdale reacquainting myself with guys who I either coached or had professional relationships with,” Trask added. “To see so many of my former players now coaching in the league is great."
The MLS SuperDraft is scheduled for Thursday and many of the players Trask had the opportunity to work with will learn their fate in the next day or two.