We are delighted to announce our second success story from the California winter combine, with towering goalkeeper Zac Lubin traveling to Swedish First Division side IFK Lulea for a trial.
IFK Lulea’s Ingemar Ek asked the AX agency staff to notify him if they saw a talented goalkeeper in California. It was soon evident that Zac Lubin, despite such a high standard shown by many at the combine, fit the mould. The 6’5” shot-stopper, formerly of Seattle Sounders U23 and Kitsap Pumas, was an imposing presence between the sticks and particularly impressed in the last game of the combine, where he frustrated the opposition with a succession of superb saves.
The St Martins University graduate could have been forgiven for thinking his opportunity was over following injury during the 2012 San Diego combine. He broke his hand during the first game, missing out on the chance to prove his worth in front of the attending coaches and agency staff, but his fantastic attitude encouraged AX to invite him to California for another chance to display his talents. The 24 year-old certainly took the opportunity.
After narrowly missing out on promotion to the Superettan last term, IFK Lulea are looking to go one better in 2014. If the trial is a success for Lubin he will join Kevin Garcia in the IFK Lulea squad, the defender who joined AX’s showcase tour in Sweden and subsequently signed for the northern Swedish outfit after just three games.
Lubin is also the second former Kitsap Pumas player to head to Sweden this week. Following an impressive AX combine in California, central defender Jamel Wallace will have a week’s trial with the Superettan’s Ljungskile SK.