Portmore United’s Foster works to climb football ladder

Jamaica’s Maalique Foster (pictured) is a standout player for Portmore United and could soon earns his first senior cap.

SUNRISE, Florida -- Maalique Foster’s dream is to follow in the footsteps of a Caribbean legend – Trinidad & Tobago’s Dwight Yorke -- and one day play for Manchester United. 

That’s why he hopes his participation earlier this month in the 2018 MLS/Caribbean Combine is an important step toward achieving that goal.  

The 21-year-old midfielder – a former Jamaica youth international -- was among a group of more than 20 players invited to the event, which consisted of small-sided games and scrimmages in front of MLS scouts.

“I was working hard on the pitch.  I liked how I played.  It went well,” Foster told CONCACAF.com.  “I wasn’t surprised because I worked hard for it.  I knew it would come.”

A member of Portmore United’s first team since 2015, he competed in the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship, scoring a goal against Transvaal in a first-round game and helping the Jamaican power secure a berth in the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL).

Although PMU ultimately fell to Panama’s Arabe Unido in the SCL’s opening round, 4-5 on penalties (agg: 1-1), Foster made sure to absorb as much knowledge as possible from the international forays.

“It was a great experience because as a professional you have to know how to move fast, quick with the ball, what to do with the ball,” said Foster about playing in the Caribbean and CONCACAF club tournaments.  “It was a nice experience to play against professional teams overseas and in the Caribbean, too.”

At Portmore United, Foster is teamed up with Jamaica international Ricardo Morris, forming a gifted partnership.

"We have a bond, so we know how to play with each other,” Foster finished.  “It’s easy.  He’s very skillful, can pass the ball, knows when to pass the ball, when to shoot.  It’s nice playing with him.”

Foster is in line to earn his first international cap, when Jamaica faces Korea Republic on January 30 in Antalya, Turkey.