It was a great weekend of football at East Hans Sports Complex in Nova Scotia as the 2nd Annual East Coast Elite Combine took place November 25th-27th 2022 and featured a great number of youth soccer players from the Atlantic region and beyond.
The East Coast Elite combine provides opportunities for players to compete and expose their talent to university and collegiate programs, while also seeing how some of the top young players in the Maritime region (and others) play with and against each other in an environment that attracts some of the best Canada has to offer.
This year FTF had the privilege to evaluate some of the talent at the event and below is our FTF Playbook Recap (The full FTF Playbook will be available for subscription in 2023)
Girls Top 5 Standouts:
- Mhyah Allen | 2023 Grad | ST | UDFC U17AAA | https://youtu.be/9mu89KZ3-Xo
The speedy forward had herself quite the weekend displaying her quickness and agility throughout the event. Myah was ruthless in front of goal (scoring 5 in one game) and continuously showed why she will have an impact at the next level whether at the USPORTS or the NCAA level whoever is lucky enough to land her in 2023.
- Georgia Gavas | 2024 Grad | CM | Halifax Dunbrack Soccer Club U17AAA |
The crafty CM displayed a great technical and tactical understanding of the game in each match. Despite her ‘smaller frame’ Gavas is very technically sound and works extremely well in tight spaces. Her leadership skills were also evident on the pitch and she is always communicating with her teammates and providing constant positive feedback.
- Idara Akpan | 2023 Grad | CM/CB | Suburban U17AAA |
Idara is physically imposing at about 5ft8 she has all the physical tools to be an excellent collegiate player. Playing as a CDM for most of her life Idara’s feet/ passing range when she moves back to CB is able to make things look very easy. She might be uncommitted now but it won’t be long until she finds her home in 2023.
- Addison Langley | 2025 Grad | CB | U15 PEI FC
Addison was a rock in the back all weekend for the Green Team. Her size and positioning enable her to make very few defensive mistakes. At just 15 years-old with continued development on her long range passing she might turn out to be an All-Conference defender in USPORTS or the NCAA when it’s all said and done. Langley was definitely the top 2025 Girls prospect overall at the event.
- Niamh Martin-Manuel |2024 Grad | Winger | Suburban FC
The Canada Summer Games winger showed her athleticism throughout the event consistently beating defenders in 1v1 situations and also working extremely hard defensively. Her end product was on full display, but you can tell there’s room for growth in this area and she has the tools to have a very effective collegiate career.
East Coast Elite ‘Girls’ All-Combine Team:
ST: Mhyah Allen | 2023 Grad | ST | UDFC U17AAA |
LW:Niamh Martin-Manuel |2024 Grad | Winger | Suburban FC
RW: Julie Sampson | 2025 Grad | Forward | Suburban FC
CM: Jordan Camp | 2024 Grad | Midfielder | Suburban FC
CM: Georgia Gavas | 2024 Grad | CM | Halifax Dunbrack Soccer Club U17AAA
CM: Mia DesRoches | 2023 Grad | CM | Soccer Dieppe
LB: Kate Scholz | 2024 Grad | FB | Halifax Dunbrack U17AAA
LCB: Addison Langley | 2025 Grad | CB | U15 PEI FC
RCB: Idara Akpan | 2023 Grad | CM/CB | Suburban U17AAA
RB: Ella MacPhee | 2023 Grad | FB | Halifax County United U17AAA
Honorable Mention List:
Kayleigh Seeton | 2024 Grad | CAM/CM | West Ottawa Soccer Club
Brooklyn Salgueiro | 2024 Grad | CM | Dunbrack u17AAA
Sidney Thomson | 2025 Grad | MID/DEF | Suburban FC
Ayla LeBlanc | 2024 Grad | Winger | AAA u17 codiac
Emma Matheson | 2024 Grad | CM | PEI Summer Games
Lucy Fulmore | 2024 Grad | CB | Suburban FC
Leah Coakley | 2025 Grad | CM | U15AAA Saint John Soccer
Eva Palov | 2024 Grad | CDM | Suburban FC
Caitlyn Steeves | 2023 Grad | CAM/ST | Team NB Canada Games & Fundy U17AAA
Joelle Bader | 2025 Grad | CAM | U15 PEI FC
Juliette Bader | 2024 Grad |FB | PEI Canada Games 2022
Boys Top 5 Standouts:
- Lachlan Sylvester | 2024 Grad | CDM | Suburban FC U17AAA and Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre
Lockie Sylvester is your prototypical CDM. Good size , great passing range and his will to win are all fantastic qualities in the young prospect. The 2024 Grad Lockie used this stage to show why he’s one of the best prospects in the region regardless of age group.
- Elijah Roche| 2025 Grad | Midfielder/ Defender | Ottawa TFC U15AAA, Team Ontario
Elijah Roche is a name to remember in Canada Soccer circles. The Ottawa, Ontario native has the tools to be a professional soccer player which is rare to find at a collegiate combine. The youngest player at the event definitely didn’t “look it” as he plays well above his years. Although he currently can play multiple positions on the field Elijah excelled the most at RB where he displays his fantastic 1v1 defending ability + workrate / intelligence to get forward. There will most likely be an MLS Academy bidding war for his services in the next few years/ months.
- Ayouba Kamara | 2024 Grad | Forward | U17 AAA Codiac
‘Supreme Athlete’ is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ayouba. Kamara was a force to be reckoned with all weekend. His physical tools allow him to get into great positions offensively and with continued work on his technical ability/ ball retention he will have an extremely bright future.
- John Kandinda | 2024 Grad | Midfielder | Codiac U17
You can just tell Kandinda loves playing football. Always with a smile on his face when playing, the crafty midfielder displayed great talent throughout the event. Kanaga technically is advanced for a 2024 prospect and has the versatility/ athletic ability to play as a CAM or a Winger at the next level.
- Myers Hayne | 2023 Grad | LB/LCB | Nova Scotia Canada Games
The Canada Summer Games LB/LCB was very strong in every match he played in. With a bonafide left foot and good athleticism Myers can play both LCB and LB positions very well. With continued exposure Myers has the potential to play NCAA Division 1 or be a key piece of a Top -10 U SPORTS program.
East Coast Elite ‘Boys’ All-Combine Team:
ST: Ayouba Kamara | 2024 Grad | Forward | U17 AAA Codiac
LW: Lefika Noko | 2023 Grad | Winger | Nova Scotia Canada Games
RW: Mohammad Zeina | 2023 Grad | Winger | Halifax County United
CM: Moe Wahdan | 2023 Grad | Midfielder | Halifax Dunbrack and NS Canada Games
CAM: John Kandinda | 2024 Grad |Midfielder | Codiac U17
CDM: Lachlan Sylvester | 2024 Grad | Midfielder | Suburban FC U17AAA and Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre
LB: Myers Hayne | 2023 Grad | LB/LCB | Nova Scotia Canada Games
LCB: Yousef Fattal | 2023 Grad | CB | NS Canada games/ Halifax dunbrack
RCB: Beckham Zwaan | 2024 Grad | CB | Suburban FC
RB: Elijah Roche| 2025 Grad | Midfielder/ Defender | Ottawa TFC U15AAA, Team Ontario
GK: Nick Hogan | 2023 Grad | GK | FDSA u17 AAA/ team New Brunswick u16
Honorable Mention List:
Aaron John | LW/LB | Suburban FC U17AAA | 2024 Grad
Noah Killorn | CB | Canada Games PEI | 2023 Grad
Jimmy Rex | CM/ RB | Halifax County United U15AAA | 2025 Grad
Adam Sneddon | FWD | Halifax City U17AAA | 2024 Grad
Zach Murphy | CB | Suburban FC | 2024 Grad
Filipo Shogonya | LW | Codiac u17 | 2023 Grad
Again we would like to thank Jessie, Anthony and Ollie of the East Coast Elite Combine for having us at the event. For more information about the East Coast Elite Combine please follow @EastCoastElite & for more information about FTF Canada please check out our website at www.ftfcanada.ca or follow us on Instagram at @ftfcanada