Gore scores goal at MLS Combine

2014-01-14T17:15:00Z 2014-01-15T06:24:06Z Gore scores goal at MLS Combine The Billings Gazette
January 14, 2014 5:15 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Rocky Mountain College's Oliver Gore scored a goal on Tuesday afternoon during the final day of competition at the 2014 Major League Soccer (MLS) Player Combine.

Despite playing with a sprained left ankle, Gore tapped in a second-half goal in Nitro Charge's 3-2 victory over Brazuca at Central Broward Regional Park.

"That took some weight off my shoulders," the senior forward for the Battlin' Bears said of his goal. "I came in here with a reputation for scoring goals, so it was good to give them an indication I could do it. It was definitely a good thing."

Next up for Gore is the MLS SuperDraft, which will begin with two rounds on Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia.

He will be in attendance, along with Rocky coach Richard Duffy.

"I'm not getting my hopes up about being drafted," Gore said. "We'll see what happens. If my name gets called, I'll be at a loss for words, but I'm not expecting anything."

As for competing at the combine, Gore called it "a great experience. I played with some really good players, and I was keeping up with them. Coming from a small NAIA school, I'm really grateful for the opportunity and I enjoyed my time here."

Gore suffered his sprained ankle against Predator on Friday. He missed Nitro Charge's game against adiZero on Sunday.

During the five-day combine, Gore also got a chance to interview with MLS teams.

While in Philadelphia, Gore will receive his NAIA player of the year award and will be honored as a first-team All-America player during the National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) convention, which is also being held there.

Duffy said if Gore isn't drafted, there is still a chance that he'll get invited to MLS training camps.

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