EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Otis Earle ahead of MLS Player Combine

Otis Earle in action for UC Riverside (Photo by Gabriel L. Acosta)

Young English defender Otis Earle will be at the MLS Player Combine in early January, looking to impress scouts from all 20 Major League Soccer clubs ahead of the MLS SuperDraft on January 15.

The 22-year-old London native is the son of former Premier League player Robbie Earle who now does media work in America.

Otis Earle moved from Epsom College to California to play for UC Riverside and after impressing during his four seasons with the Highlanders, he is now close to making it as a professional in the fastest growing sports league in the world.

“I’m very excited for the MLS Combine. It’s a great opportunity to represent my school, as well as myself and I am looking forward to showing the various scouts and coaches what I can do,” he said.

“Football in the US is growing, there’s no doubt about that. So as a young player striving to get drafted, it’s a very exciting time.”

Otis Earle in action for UC Riverside (Photo by Gabriel L. Acosta)

Otis Earle in action for UC Riverside (Photo by Gabriel L. Acosta)

More and more English youngsters are moving to America to play soccer and the Earle belives the standard is almost as good as that in the UK now.

“The standard over here is very high. Extremely close to that seen in England. Especially in Southern California, where I’ve been playing. The game is played the right way, with a lot of technical players.

“I think the idea of scholarships and college sports are a great idea and something that the UK could possibly learn from.

If you don’t make it at a young age in the UK, there are no real options. Over here, you can still pursue your professional goals whilst attending a college and getting an education.”

The MLS SuperDraft see’s MLS clubs draft college players and other youngsters, and it is a great way for players such as Earle to get their chance to play in the rapidly growing world of Major League Soccer.

The left-back scored two goals and picked up four assists in 15 games for UC Riverside in 2014 and is certainly a player with the potential to be a star.

He will now be preparing for the MLS Player Combine in less than a month and Earle admits that he is ready for the next chapter of his career.

“I would love to get drafted. I feel like I’m ready to make the next step in my career and to challenge myself as both a person and a player.

It’s an exciting time but I need to just keep my head down, stay focused and hopefully things will work out.”

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