01/13/2017 5:56 PM
Four of East Bay FC's top young players were named Monday to the All-West team at the third annual NPSL Player Showcase. Stompers forwards Khalid Arramdani and Victor Parra were selected to go, along with defenders Emanuel Vazquez and Diego Garcia.
In the past two years the event has been held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but this year the showcase will be hosted in Carson, Calif., at the StubHub Center. The event will take place January 7-9, 2017. Players will be grouped into four teams representing their respective regions: Northeast, South, Midwest, and West.
The event will begin with training sessions on Saturday, Jan. 7, with games taking place on Jan. 8 and 9. The showcase is in a tournament format — there will be two games on Sunday; the winners will play against each other Monday and the losers will do likewise.
The purpose of the NPSL Player Showcase is to reward players for their commitment to their teams and the NPSL. To be selected, players must have played in the NPSL in the previous season. In order to give back to the players, the NPSL puts together the showcase at no expense to the players once they get on-site. The NPSL provides lodging, food, transport, team gear and more.
There will be a player’s dinner with a keynote speaker who will offer valuable insight to the players. Most importantly, the showcase will give the players the opportunity to display their talents on the field with the chance to impress pro coaches, scouts and agents, with a chance to achieve their dream of getting to the next level and signing a pro contract.
The Stompers players had this to say about being selected to the showcase and their experience with the organization.
“I have been with the Stompers since I was 19 years old. To see how far the club has come — from having tough seasons to being a contender — is something I am proud of, and I am glad I could help contribute to the Stompers success. This is my second invite to the NPSL Player Showcase, and it is a premier event and a professional experience."
— Khalid Arramdani
“Everything from management of the Stompers to the coaches and my teammates was a great experience. It was nice to see it all come together and make history for the Stompers last season. The NPSL is very competitive, and I'm excited to see it grow and produce top players in the country to go on to the next level. I think the NPSL is one of a kind for giving this opportunity to players. No other league does this which I think is special. I can't wait to be at StubHub and get playing.”
— Victor Parra
My experience with Stompers in the NPSL has given me the opportunity to grow as an athlete and see where I stand as a player. It means a lot to be selected to the showcase. It is the biggest experience that I've had so far as a soccer player. It's been a very rough road for me on and off the field, so for me to be able to show what I have is something I'm looking very forward to.”
— Emanuel Vazquez
"Last season with the Stompers was a positive experience for me as a player, mainly because we got to show everyone the quality of football we can play, and to compete hand in hand with playoff teams was an unforgettable feeling. To be selected to the NPSL Showcase is an honor, and I'm very excited to get an opportunity to show to the pro coaches what I can do on the field.”
— Diego Garcia