ORLANDO – Former Maryland defender George Campbell and forward Gordon Wild will participate in the MLS Combine at Orlando City Stadium. The combine, which allows representatives of all 23 MLS clubs to scout top college prospects, runs from Jan. 11-17.
Wild and Campbell will compete on the same team (Team X) at the combine. A full schedule can be found here.
“I’m excited for George and Gordon to have the chance to show their skills in front of the MLS brass in Orlando,” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “We take a lot of pride in preparing our players for the next level, and I have no doubt they will perform well in the coming days.”
Wild, who scored 22 total goals over two seasons at Maryland after transferring in from USC Upstate after a 16-goal freshman campaign, signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS. Those deals are given to top college underclassman, and Wild could be among the top players selected in the SuperDraft.
“It’s a blessing to be able to start my professional career,” Wild said. “It’s been my childhood dream to play professional soccer and Maryland has prepared me in the best way. Last year wasn’t my best year, but I learned a lot from it and I can’t wait to take this next opportunity.”
Considered one of the best forward prospects in the draft, Wild believes Maryland has prepared him well for his foray into professional soccer.
“When I got to Maryland, I knew it was where I wanted to finish my college career,” Wild said. “It is the best, most professional program in the country. Playing in front of seven to eight thousand people in the stands and with high quality players around you; it prepares you to be a pro.”
Campbell was an attacking player his first three years in College Park, but made the transition to right back in his final season. The Baltimore native captained the Terps and started 16 matches.
“I am incredibly excited to start my pro career and Maryland helped put me in this position,” Campbell said. “I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to showcase myself and what I can do to the scouts at the combine. I didn’t know what to expect when the season was over, and I’m happy to be in this position.”
Campbell, who used his attacking prowess to score 10 goals in his career, also credits the environment in College Park for helping him move toward a professional setting.
“I think the biggest thing Sasho and the rest of the coaches did was prepare for the mental side of the professional game,” Campbell said. “They push you to expect excellence and you get that mindset instilled in you. I think it will help me embrace any culture I get placed into next.”
The combine finishes just before the MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia on Jan. 19, which is when Campbell and Wild will find out their pro destinations.