Major League Soccer training camps begin with Malik Dorton on board


Former USC Trojans defensive end Malik Dorton has signed with Alabama Airborne and expects to play a big role in the team’s success on the field in the inaugural season of the Major’s venture. League Football.

Major League Football is a professional development league. Call it Triple-A football, call it the NFL’s G League, call it what you want. That’s minor league pay for a chance to get noticed and maybe catch the eye of an NFL team.

Alabama Airborne, Dorton’s team, will play in Mobile. The Alabama city joins Canton, Ohio, Little Rock, Ark. and Virginia Beach, Va., previously announced, as the four cities that will host MLFB’s first season. The Mobile team will be known as Alabama Airborne and its home games will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Arkansas Attack home games will be played at historic War Memorial Stadium. Virginia Armada home games are scheduled for the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, while Ohio Force fans can cheer on their team at the Canton Hall of Fame Bowl.

Malik Dorton attended St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, Calif.) and was a three-star defensive end who weighed 230 pounds when drafted by USC. He ranked 404th nationally in the 247Sports composite and 44th in California.

Dorton previously had a brief stint with the (then) Oakland Raiders and in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos. Dorton is looking to get back on the pitch and continue his playing career.

Major League Football begins training camp with quarterbacks and receivers reporting on July 14. The camp for all position players will open a few days later. The MLFB will begin its first season on August 9.


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