After being signed and then cut by the New York Red Bulls over the winter and then subsequently signed by the USL team, Wilmington Hammerheads, Mael Corboz may be on his way to a third team in 2016.
Corboz is currently on trial with MSV Duisburg in Germany. He played the final 30 minutes of the clubs' preseason game against DJK St. Tönis, in which Duisburg won 15-0. Duisburg is set to spend this upcoming campaign in the third division of German football after being relegated from 2. Bundesliga last year, losing 4-1 on aggregate in the relegation playoff. DJK St. Tönis is a German seventh division club.
Duisburg head coach Ilia Gruev played a number of youth and trial players in the game but stated, "The guys have done great. I was particularly important that we take our chances and leave behind burn anything. That is very well done."
Corboz, who hails from Green Brook, NJ, joined the Red Bulls academy in his senior year of high school while attending Pingry. His U18 season saw him line up alongside future Red Bulls Brandon Allen, Scott Thomsen, Dan Bedoya, Santi Castaño, and Chris Thorsheim, where he scored two goals in 23 games. From there Corboz went on to Rutgers University, where he starred for the New Jersey powerhouse for two years, being named captain as a sophomore, before transferring to Maryland for his junior year in search a new challenge. Over the course of his college career, Mael scored 22 goals and assisted on 28 more in 80 games.
After a successful college career, Corboz was one of seven homegrowns to join the New York Red Bulls in the 2016 offseason. He, like Scott Thomsen and Chris Thorsheim, was cut prior to the start of the season. Corboz was offered a contract with NYRBII but turned that down in favor of signing with the Wilmington Hammerheads. There the creative midfielder has played in 14 of the team's 15 games, only missing the most recent game due to his ongoing trial, scoring once while assisting on four more goals
Born to French parents, Corboz has a French passport which should help with any complications usually arising from American players attempting to play abroad, however, Germany is relatively lax in terms of their limitations on foreign players.