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Initial List of 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine Invitees Announced

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Initial List of 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine Invitees Announced
 
Invited players to showcase their talents in front of all 22 MLS clubs in Los Angeles
 
NEW YORK (Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016) – Major League Soccer today announced the initial 53 NCAA DI college players invited to participate in the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine. Top collegiate players from across the country will showcase their talents in front of representatives from all 22 MLS clubs in Los Angeles, CA from Jan. 8-12, 2017. All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2017 SuperDraft presented by adidas which will take place at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Friday, Jan. 13 at the LA Convention Center in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.
 
A committee of MLS coaches and NCAA Division I coaches from every conference selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Further invitees including Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players, and additional college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
Seven semifinalists for the 2016 Men’s MAC Hermann Trophy headline this year’s list of initial invitees. University of Denver defender Reagan Dunk was named a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in each of the past two seasons, leading Denver to the best goals against average in the country (0.48) en route to an appearance in this year’s College Cup. Besting Denver in the College Cup semifinals was Wake Forest University midfielder Jacori Hayes, who led his team with eight goals, narrowly missing out on a national championship with a runner-up finish. Indiana University’s Tanner Thompson was named to the NSCAA All-America First Team while garnering Big Ten Midfielder of the Year honors. Wuilito Fernandes guided UMass-Lowell to the school’s first ever America East Championship with 11 goals and an NSCAA All-America First Team selection. Butler University forward David Goldsmith was named NSCAA All-America Second Team, finishing second in the Big East with 12 goals and winning the conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year Award. Providence College midfielder Julian Gressel shared the Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors with Goldsmith after finishing the season with 15 goals, tied for fourth best across the entire NCAA. Rounding out the group is Vermont forward Brian Wright who led the Catamounts to the NCAA Tournament behind 40 points, second in the NCAA, and 12 assists, tied for a national best.
 
Additionally, representing two-time defending NCAA champion Stanford University at the Player Combine is defender Brian Nana-Sinkam, the team captain and a 2016 All-Pac 12 First Team selection.
 
A mix of collegiate soccer head coaches and MLS Academy personnel will make up the Combine coaching staff.  Columbia University head coach Kevin Anderson, Seattle University head coach Pete Fewing, University of Denver head coach Jamie Franks and East Tennessee State head coach Bo Oshoniyi will serve as the head coaches for the four Combine teams. The assistant coaches will be CASL Director of Classic Dan Popik, Michigan Rush Director of Coaching Brian Doyle, Sporting Kansas City Academy Director Jon Parry and Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club Founder and Technical Director Mickey Kydes.
 
  • Media interested in covering the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine and/or the 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas should contact Christa Mann (Christa.Mann@MLSsoccer.com) to request a credential.
 
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2017 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Participants
(Alphabetical by last name)
 
First Name
Last Name
School
Pos.
Hometown/Citizenship
BIO
Lalas
Abubakar
University of Dayton
DF
Accra, Ghana; Ghana
Michael
Amick
UCLA
DF
Sunnyvale, CA; USA
Brandon
Aubrey
University of Notre Dame
DF
Plano, TX; USA
Kwame
Awuah
UConn
MF
Toronto, ON; Canada
Nazeem
Bartman
University of South Florida
FW
Cape Town, South Africa; South Africa
Kyle
Bjornethun
Seattle University
DF
Snohomish, WA; USA
Brandt
Bronico
UNC Charlotte
MF
High Point, NC; USA
Russell
Cicerone
SUNY-Buffalo
MF/FW
Bloomfield Hills, MI; USA
Suliman
Dainkeh
University of Maryland
DF
Reston, VA; USA
Michael
DeGraffenreidt
University of Louisville
DF
Baltimore, MD; USA
Guillermo
Delgado
University of Delaware
FW
Tres Cantos, Spain; Spain
Nick
DePuy
UC Santa Barbara
FW
Irvine, CA; USA
Francis
de Vries
Saint Francis University (Penn.)
DF
Christchurch, New Zealand; New Zealand
Reagan
Dunk
University of Denver
DF
Dallas, TX; USA
Jack
Elliott
West Virginia University
DF/MF
London, England; UK
Wuilito
Fernandes
UMass-Lowell
FW/MF
Praia, Cape Verde; Cape Verde
Alec
Ferrell
Wake Forest University
GK
Westlake, OH; USA
David
Goldsmith
Butler University
FW
Bristol, England; UK
Jorge
Gomez Sanchez
Temple University
FW
Talavera De La Reina, Spain; Spain
Julian
Gressel
Providence College
MF
Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany; Germany
Sam
Hamilton
University of Denver
MF
Evergreen, CO; USA
Niko
Hansen
University of New Mexico
FW
Sacramento, CA; USA/Denmark
Jacori
Hayes
Wake Forest University
MF
Bowie, MD; USA
Joe
Holland
Hofstra University
MF
London, England; UK
Walker
Hume
UNC Chapel Hill
DF
San Angelo, TX; USA
Daniel
Johnson
University of Louisville
MF
Duluth, GA; USA
Aaron
Jones
Clemson University
DF
Great Yarmouth, UK; UK
Eric
Klenofsky
Monmouth University
GK
Lincoln Park, NJ; USA
Austin
Ledbetter
SIU-Edwardsville
DF
St. Charles, MO; USA
Zeiko
Lewis
Boston College
MF
Pembroke, Bermuda; Bermuda
Connor
Maloney
Penn State University
DF
Harrisburg, PA; USA
Napo
Matsoso
University of Kentucky
MF
Louisville, Kentucky; Lesotho
Billy
McConnell
Indiana University
DF
Richboro, PA; USA
Jake
McGuire
University of Tulsa
GK
Chino Hills, CA; USA
Lindo
Mfeka
University of South Florida
MF/FW
Durban, South Africa; South Africa
Robert
Moewes
Duke University
GK
Dortmund, Germany; Germany
Brian
Nana-Sinkam
Stanford University
DF
Lititz, PA; USA
Chris
Nanco
Syracuse University
FW
Brampton, ON; Canada
Jakob
Nerwinski
UConn
DF
Lawrenceville, NJ; USA
Chris
Odoi-Atsem
University of Maryland
DF
Mitchellville, MD; USA
Evan
Panken
University of Notre Dame
MF
Edina, MN; USA
Danilo
Radjen
University of Akron
DF
Broadview Heights, OH; USA
Robby
Sagel
Penn State University
DF
Las Vegas, NV; USA
Eddie
Sanchez
University of Portland
MF/FW
Canby, OR; USA
Auden
Schilder
University of Washington
GK
Bellingham, WA; USA
Justin
Schmidt
University of Washington
DF
Albuquerque, NM; USA
Colton
Storm
UNC Chapel Hill
DF
Mechanicsburg, PA; USA
Christian
Thierjung
California
FW
Dove Canyon, CA; USA
Tanner
Thompson
Indiana University
MF
Loomis, CA; USA
Felix
Vobejda
UCLA
MF/DF
Bielefeld, Germany; Germany
Chris
Wehan
University of New Mexico
MF
Laguna Niguel, CA; USA
Jordan
Wilson
University of Kentucky
DF
Auchterarder, Scotland; UK
Brian
Wright
University of Vermont
FW
Ajax, ON; Canada