Charlotte senior Issac Cowles received a pleasant surprise from his home state’s MLS club, the Colorado Rapids inviting him to report for preseason training. While he has not made the team yet, he is still one step closer to fulfilling his dream of playing soccer at the next level.
There were hundreds of hopefuls who applied for the opportunity to perform on the big stage in front of coaches and front office brass, only sixty were invited to the three-day tryout. Cowles and one other player, forward Sam Archer survived the final cut.
Cowles is a native of Arvada, Colo., played his high school soccer at Faith Christian High School prior to anchoring the back line for the 49ers alongside 2012 MLS Supplemental draftee Charles Rodriguez.
While Cowles is not a shoo-in for a spot on the Rapids roster, he still is in a place that many college soccer players wish they were, working with some of the games’ best fine tuning their skills, competing for a professional contract.
A month ago Cowles was a part of a back line at the National Championship game as the 49ers fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels 1-0, an interesting side note from the NCAA tournament, Charlotte held tournament opponents to just four goals in 580 minutes of play.
“I’m just very thankful for the opportunity,” said Cowles. “That’s what it is right now, another opportunity for me to come out and play my best. I just feel so blessed and thank everybody at the Rapids for this opportunity.”
What sort of chance does Cowles have in obtaining a contract?
According to past history of the Colorado Rapids, seems pretty promising with Steven Emory being one of the final trialist from last year making the team and he recently re-signed to play again for the Rapids in 2012.
Cowles needs to play with the same grit and determination he did throughout the college cup and his four years with the Charlotte 49ers and he will have a fighting chance at a pro contract.
Just this past Tuesday, two of Cowles’ teammates Rodriguez and Evan James were selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft by DC United and the Montreal Impact. Practice for Cowles began today at Dicks’s Sporting Goods Park. Cowles will have to prove himself in pre-season matches which begin on March 10th against the Columbus Crew.