City Stars Sign Terrence McAllister After Invite-Only Combine

March 11, 2009 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Cleveland City Stars News Release

The Cleveland City Stars have signed midfielder Terrence McAllister after the Trinidad native's standout performance during February's international invite-only combine.

The combine was the first of its kind in the City Stars three year history and the benefits have been proven by the signing of McAllister.

"The signing of a player out of the invite combine is a success and we only hope to continue to build the program over the next few years," said Cleveland City Stars General Manager Mark Geissbauer. "Terrence brings some international experience and has played at a high level. We're really looking for him to play a big part in what we're doing this year, both on and off the field."

McAllister came to Cleveland with no expectations, looking only to make a positive impression on the coaching staff.

"Heading into the tryouts I had confidence in my ability but I didn't necessarily anticipate being signed," said McAllister. "I knew I would give it my best and if I was what the coaching staff was looking for, then I would be chosen."

The 24-year old has represented his country as a member of the Trinidad and Tobago U-17, U-20 and senior national teams. McAllister received 23 caps for the U-17 team and five caps with the U-20 team before being called up to the senior national team in January of 2008 where he started in a 2-1 defeat of Guyana.

McAllister has played professionally since 2002 with Joe Public FC in Trinidad and was a member of the club that defeated the MLS New England Revolution in the CONCACAF Champions League in September of 2008.

"I believe this is a great opportunity for me. I always wanted to play professionally outside of Trinidad and now that I will be getting that opportunity it is very exciting," said McAllister. "Joe Public was a wonderful organization to work for so I will miss the team and I hope to make them proud. I think there will be many players in Trinidad looking to me and other Trinidadian players who have recently signed with international teams as positive examples."

McAllister had been on the radar of the City Stars front office for some time, and when he became a free agent in 2009, McAllister was quickly invited to the combine.

"I knew about Terrence going in to the combine," said CCS Head Coach Underwood. "I had talked to some people that I trusted and they highly recommended him. He came in during that week and really lived up to expectations."

McAllister will look to build upon his success at the combine when he arrives in Cleveland this week to begin training with the club for the 2009 season.

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