Since his days of playing soccer for IPFW, Max Touloute has traveled the world to continue to compete in the sport he loves.
He hopes bigger and better things are to come.
Touloute, a Concordia Lutheran graduate who also played for the Fort Wayne Fever U-19 team, has bounced around since departing college in 2011. Some of his ventures include playing for the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League, competing for UMF Tindastoll of the second tier league in Iceland and earning several other tryouts.
“All I want to do is play and travel the world,” Touloute said. “I have gotten a couple offers from other parts of the world. Right now I am just waiting to see what kind of contract offers I get.”
Touloute ended his career at IPFW on a high note, earning Offensive Player of the Year honors in the Summit League while playing for the Mastodons. He was named All-Summit League First Team and led the conference in goals, assists, points and shots in his senior season.
His 35 points as a senior was the most in the league since 1996.
“I never would have thought ever in my life I would get to play for IPFW and do so well,” Touloute said. “(Division-I soccer) is hard, whether it is the Summit League or the Big East.”
Major League Soccer could be a possible route, but Touloute has spoken with a few players who have gone pro into MLS and got varied feedback. While the exposure is good, dealing with contractual matters can be difficult and international players are at a premium.
With Touloute's desire to play for the national team of his home country of Haiti, he wants to keep his options open.
“MLS is not for me right now, but it will be,” Touloute said. “Before I end my soccer career I want to play in MLS.”
Touloute has been in contact with several people within the Haitian Football Federation who want him to travel to Haiti and practice with the team. He has also done several interviews with Haitian radio stations in an attempt to further enhance his profile.
“To have the chance to play for Haiti would be amazing,” Touloute said. “I am just taking it one step at a time right now.”