It’s like any job interview, a kind of observation period to determine if a player is suited to compete at the highest level.
Three players — Jose Gomez (draft pick), Nik Robson (draft pick) and Joevin Jones (trialist) — have already received plane tickets home, cut from Toronto FC’s pre-season roster here in central Florida before most had a chance to see them.
Six other out-of-contract players are just grateful their numbers haven’t been called.
“The way I look at it is that I can’t control the way (the coaches) are thinking,” Taylor Morgan, a forward and the 95th (sixth round) player taken in the MLS draft, told the Sun.
“All I can do is just keep doing the best of my ability ... I’ve just got to control what I can do on the pitch, really.”
In reality, history is stacked against most late-round picks. Of those selected in the sixth round of the 2012 MLS draft, none were signed to MLS contracts — something Morgan, 22, understands.