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54 College Seniors Invited to 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine



 
54 College Seniors Invited to 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine
Invited players look to impress 19 MLS clubs in Fort Lauderdale Jan. 11-15

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NEW YORK (Tuesday, December 11, 2012) - Major League Soccer today announced the fifty-four NCAA DI college seniors invited to participate in the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine.
 
Two MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists, 15 All-Americans and eight Men’s College Cup Final Four participants are among the players that will take the field in Fort Lauderdale from January 11-15.  All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2013 SuperDraft presented by adidas that will take place on January 17 in Indianapolis (12 p.m. ET).
 
A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season.  Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players, and additional college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
Ryan Finley and Jose Gomez, two of the three Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy finalists, are among those looking to impress the 19 MLS clubs.
 
Despite coming off the bench in every match throughout his senior season, Finley, a forward for Notre Dame, tallied 21 goals, including six multiple-goal games, and earned the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year award. 
 
Gomez, a creative attacking midfielder from Creighton, claimed one of three finalist spots after being overlooked in the preliminary MAC Hermann Trophy watch list at the start of the season.  The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year started every game for the Bluejays in 2012, leading the team to the Men’s College Cup semifinal.
 
The Division I Men’s All-America teams will again be well represented at the MLS Combine.  Fifteen of the invited seniors were named to All-America teams: five First Team selections, five Second Team selections and five Third Team selections. Three of those 15 players, Ashton Bennett (Coastal Carolina, forward), Carlos Alvarez (Connecticut, midfielder) and John Stertzer (Maryland, midfielder) are repeat All-Americans.
 
Eight players that participated in the 2012 Men’s College Cup Final Four this past weekend are among the Combine invited player list: two players from Creighton (Jose Gomez, Andrew Ribeiro), three from Georgetown (Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis, Ian Christianson), two from Maryland (Taylor Kemp, John Stertzer) and one for the 2012 Men’s College Cup Champion Indiana University (Luis Soffner).
 
·         Media interested in covering the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine should contact Lauren Brophy (Lauren.Brophy@MLSsoccer.com) to request a credential for the matches.
·         Media interested in covering the 2013 SuperDraft presented by adidas should contact Susan Marschall (Susan.Marschall@MLSsoccer.com) to request a credential for the event.
 
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To view the schedule of Combine matches, please CLICK HERE.
 
 
2013 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Senior Participants
(By Last Name)
First Name
Last Name
School
Position
Hometown
BIO
Carlos
Alvarez
University of Connecticut
M
Los Angeles, Calif.
Don
Anding
Northeastern University
F
Amity Harbor, N.Y.
Will
Bates
University of Virginia
F
Chester, Va.
Kyle
Bekker
Boston College
M
Oakville, Ontario
James
Belshaw
Duke University
GK
Nottingham, England
Ashton
Bennett
Coastal Carolina University
F
Clarendon, Jamaica
Ian
Christianson
Georgetown University
M
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Marc
Cintron
Providence College
F
Piscataway, N.J.
Greg
Cochrane
University of Louisville
D/M
Holland, Pa.
Machael
David
University of California, Santa Barbara
M
Tacoma, Wash.
Danchrisandre (Dan)
Delgado
University of San Diego
M
Escondido, Ca.
Paolo
DelPiccolo
University of Louisville
M
Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Uwem
Etuk
West Virginia University
M
Herndon, Va.
Ryan
Finley
University of Notre Dame
F
Lumberton, NJ
Ben
Fisk
University of Washington
M
Federal Way, Wash.
Shaun
Foster
Hofstra University
D
Southport, England
Joe
Franco
California State University, Northridge
D
Monrovia, Calif.
Jordan
Gafa
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
D/M
San Diego, Calif.
John
Gallagher
Pennsylvania State University
D
Pine Bush, N.Y.
Jose
Gomez
Creighton University
M
Santa Ana, Calif.
Scott
Goodwin
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
GK
Raleigh, N.C.
Brenton
Griffiths
University of South Florida
D
Spanish Towne, Jamaica
Coleton
Henning
Furman University
M/F
Shawnee, Kan.
Ryan
Hollingshead
University of California, Los Angeles
M/F
Granite Bay, CA
Erik
Hurtado
Santa Clara University
F
Beaverton, Ore.
Larry
Jackson
Santa Clara University
GK
East Palo Alto, Calif.
Taylor
Kemp
University of Maryland
D/M
Highland Ranch, Colo.
Kory
Kindle
California State University, Bakersfield
D/M
Ventura, Calif.
Jonathan
Mendoza
Stetson University
M/F
Altamonte Springs, Fla.
David
Meves
University of Akron
GK
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Fernando
Monge
University of California, Los Angeles
M/F
Seattle, WA
Tommy
Muller
Georgetown University
D
Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Colin
Murphy
Boston College
M
Hollywood, Fla.
Jimmy
Nealis
Georgetown University
M/D
Massapequa, N.Y.
Tommy (T.J)
Nelson
Southern Methodist University
M
Garland, Texas
Kofi
Opare
University of Michigan
D
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Leston
Paul
University of South Florida
M
Mayaro, Trinidad
Dillon
Powers
University of Notre Dame
M
Plano, TX
Andrew
Ribeiro
Creighton University
M/F
Green Bay, Wis.
Devon
Sandoval
University of New Mexico
F
Albuquerque, N.M.
Eric
Schoenle
West Virginia University
D
Yardley, Pa.
Blake
Smith
University of New Mexico
M/F
Boerne, Texas
Donnie
Smith
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M/F
Matthews, NC
Yannick
Smith
Old Dominion University
F
Hillsborough, NJ
Luis
Soffner
Indiana University
GK
St. Louis, Mo.
Luke
Spencer
Xavier University
F
Cincinnati, Ohio
John
Stertzer
University of Maryland
M
Oakton, Va.
Brad
Stuver
Cleveland State University
GK
Twinsburg, Ohio
Chris
Thomas
Elon University
F
Snellville, Ga.
Dylan
Tucker-Gangnes
University of Washington
D/M
Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Emery
Welshman
Oregon State University
F
Mississauga, Ontario
Danny
Wenzel
Wake Forest University
D
Federal Way, Wash.
Daniel
Withrow
Marshall University
GK
Rochester Hills, Mich.
Paul
Wyatt
James Madison University
M/F
Modbury, England
 
 
2013 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Senior Participants
(By School)
First Name
Last Name
School
Position
Hometown
Kyle
Bekker
Boston College
M
Oakville, Ontario
Colin
Murphy
Boston College
M
Hollywood, Fla.
Kory
Kindle
California State University, Bakersfield
D/M
Ventura, Calif.
Joe
Franco
California State University, Northridge
D
Monrovia, Calif.
Brad
Stuver
Cleveland State University
GK
Twinsburg, Ohio
Ashton
Bennett
Coastal Carolina University
F
Clarendon, Jamaica
Jose
Gomez
Creighton University
M
Santa Ana, Calif.
Andrew
Ribeiro
Creighton University
M/F
Green Bay, Wis.
James
Belshaw
Duke University
GK
Nottingham, England
Chris
Thomas
Elon University
F
Snellville, Ga.
Coleton
Henning
Furman University
M/F
Shawnee, Kan.
Tommy
Muller
Georgetown University
D
Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Jimmy
Nealis
Georgetown University
M/D
Massapequa, N.Y.
Ian
Christianson
Georgetown University
M
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Shaun
Foster
Hofstra University
D
Southport, England
Luis
Soffner
Indiana University
GK
St. Louis, Mo.
Paul
Wyatt
James Madison University
M/F
Modbury, England
Daniel
Withrow
Marshall University
GK
Rochester Hills, Mich.
Don
Anding
Northeastern University
F
Amity Harbor, N.Y.
Yannick
Smith
Old Dominion University
F
Hillsborough, NJ
Emery
Welshman
Oregon State University
F
Mississauga, Ontario
John
Gallagher
Pennsylvania State University
D
Pine Bush, N.Y.
Marc
Cintron
Providence College
F
Piscataway, N.J.
Erik
Hurtado
Santa Clara University
F
Beaverton, Ore.
Larry
Jackson
Santa Clara University
GK
East Palo Alto, Calif.
Tommy (T.J)
Nelson
Southern Methodist University
M
Garland, Texas
Jonathan
Mendoza
Stetson University
M/F
Altamonte Springs, Fla.
David
Meves
University of Akron
GK
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Ryan
Hollingshead
University of California, Los Angeles
M/F
Granite Bay, CA
Fernando
Monge
University of California, Los Angeles
M/F
Seattle, WA
Machael
David
University of California, Santa Barbara
M
Tacoma, Wash.
Carlos
Alvarez
University of Connecticut
M
Los Angeles, Calif.
Greg
Cochrane
University of Louisville
D/M
Holland, Pa.
Paolo
DelPiccolo
University of Louisville
M
Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Taylor
Kemp
University of Maryland
D/M
Highland Ranch, Colo.
John
Stertzer
University of Maryland
M
Oakton, Va.
Kofi
Opare
University of Michigan
D
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Devon
Sandoval
University of New Mexico
F
Albuquerque, N.M.
Blake
Smith
University of New Mexico
M/F
Boerne, Texas
Jordan
Gafa
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
D/M
San Diego, Calif.
Scott
Goodwin
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
GK
Raleigh, N.C.
Donnie
Smith
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M/F
Matthews, NC
Ryan
Finley
University of Notre Dame
F
Lumberton, NJ
Dillon
Powers
University of Notre Dame
M
Plano, TX
Danchrisandre (Dan)
Delgado
University of San Diego
M
Escondido, Ca.
Brenton
Griffiths
University of South Florida
D
Spanish Towne, Jamaica
Leston
Paul
University of South Florida
M
Mayaro, Trinidad
Will
Bates
University of Virginia
F
Chester, Va.
Ben
Fisk
University of Washington
M
Federal Way, Wash.
Dylan
Tucker-Gangnes
University of Washington
D/M
Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Danny
Wenzel
Wake Forest University
D
Federal Way, Wash.
Uwem
Etuk
West Virginia University
M
Herndon, Va.
Eric
Schoenle
West Virginia University
D
Yardley, Pa.
Luke
Spencer
Xavier University
F
Cincinnati, Ohio