Deadly duo in pro trial

Two of Cayman’s best young strikers could be on their way to pro careers if successful in their tryouts with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers next week. 

Mark Ebanks is one of the local Premier League’s sharpest strikers and his brilliance over the years has been rewarded with the pro trial.  

Bodden Town’s Theron Wood, 22, also gets the opportunity. He, too, is a striker with deft skills and a superb eye for scoring goals. 

They will be accompanied by Ardin “Cheeky” Rivers, who was technical director of the Cayman Under-15s that did so well in the CONCACAF U-15 tournament here last month.  

They leave on Monday for a week-long tryout with the Strikers, who play in the North American Soccer League, the tier below Major League Soccer. 

“I’m very excited,” Ebanks said. “I’ve been training really hard for this and hitting the gym hard.  

“I’m really well prepared and haven’t really stopped training since the end of last season. When I got confirmation a couple of weeks ago I started working even harder.” 

They got their chance through Jeffrey Webb, president of CONCACAF and a FIFA vice president, who has seen the strikers develop from their primary school days.  

Ebanks, 22, plays for Elite Sports Club. He smashed in 17 goals last season, only topped in the scoring charts by Dwayne “Gaza” Wright, who notched 22 for Bodden Town.  

Wright played for Elite the previous season and has returned to the West Bay club, and with Ebanks they could be the Premier League’s deadliest partnership. 

“It will be hard to stop both of us,” Ebanks said. “I’m looking forward to it.” 

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Theron Wood has worked hard, too.
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