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Young Vaqueros shine at national combine

By VFC, 01/25/18, 12:45PM CST

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Fortunately, for the southern region the Vaqueros players were on hand to help the cause at the NPSL national player combine.

Vaqueros forward Bobby Edet and defender Zack Stavrou helped pace the Southern team during the showcase, which ran Jan. 13-15 in Kissimmee, Fla.

The opening match saw the Stavrou led defense earn a shutout before the match was decided on penalty kicks. Neither Stavrou nor Edet took a kick from the penalty spot as the Midwest Region claimed the 5-4 shootout victory.

“The experience was fantastic,” Stavrou said. “The professionalism at the whole combine was awesome. Everyone really bought into the idea of helping their teammates look the best that they can.”

Edet certainly looked at his best in the second match of the tournament. The lethal goalscorer proved his worth by netting the game-winner in a 2-1 victory.

“It was a great experience, from team meetings, practices and games everything was professional and at a high level,” Edet said. “I’m blessed to be a part of an organization that believes that I can make it to the next level and I’m forever grateful.”

The Vaqueros have sent players to the national combine regularly during the club’s first four years. In all seven former Vaqueros have risen in the professional ranks including players who played professionally in Major League Soccer (Jacob Speed) and Germany (Tyler Humphrey).