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Top Collegiate, Youth and International Players Arrive in California for the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine and 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas

 
Complete Media Information: Daily schedules, Player bios and Combine rosters, Key event details  
 
NEW YORK (Saturday, January 7, 2016) – Major League Soccer today welcomes the top collegiate, youth and international players to California, as more than 70 talented young stars look to impress MLS coaches and team officials at the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine at the StubHub Center.  The players will undergo medicals and performance testing before lining up to compete in the Combine matches.
 
From Generation adidas signees and NCAA National Champions to MAC Hermann Trophy finalists and NSCAA-First Team All-Americans, participants will be turning heads over three days of competition as they anxiously await their potential selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas at 12 p.m. on January 13 at the LA Convention Center.
 
Full details for media covering the Combine and SuperDraft in Southern California, as well as from afar, are included below.
 
 
 
 
The 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine will feature top collegiate players from across the country showcasing their talents in front of representatives from all 22 MLS clubs.  All matches will be played on the game field at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, home of the LA Galaxy from January 8-12.
 
The invited players have been divided into four teams: Team Chaos, Team Control, Team Copa, and Team Tango, and every team will play one game on each of the three match days for a total of three games per team.
 
  • CLICK HERE for the individual team rosters.
  • CLICK HERE for the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine Guide, including player bios, event information and schedule
 
All games will be open to the public (free admission, no ticket required) with gates opening for both fans and media one hour before the start of the day’s first match.  For fans following from afar, all six Combine matches will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com and the MLS YouTube Channel.
 
2017 adidas MLS Player Combine Game Schedule 
Sunday, Jan. 8
Team Chaos vs. Team Control 
1:15 p.m. PT
Team Copa vs. Team Tango
3 p.m. PT
 
 
 
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Team Chaos vs. Team Copa
1:15 p.m. PT
Team Control vs. Team Tango
3 p.m. PT
 
 
 
Thursday, Jan. 12
Team Copa vs. Team Control
10 a.m. PT
Team Chaos vs. Team Tango
11:30 a.m. PT
 
 
CREDENTIALS & MEDIA ENTRANCE
Media Credential pick-up for the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine will be available at the Manhattan Beach Marriott on Saturday, January 7. On game days, media credential pick-up will be available at the StubHub Center Northwest Entrance. Media gates will open one hour before the start of the day’s first match.
 
For all credential questions or late credential requests, please contact Christa.Mann@MLSsoccer.com.
 
Credential pick-up hours:
 
Date
Time
Location
Saturday, January 7 
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Manhattan Beach Marriott
Sunday, January 8  
12-3:45 p.m.
StubHub Center (Northwest Gate)
Tuesday, January 10
12-3:45 p.m.
StubHub Center (Northwest Gate)
Thursday, January 12        
8:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
StubHub Center (Northwest Gate)
 
 
CREDENTIALED MEDIA SEATING
The Press Box will be open to credentialed media during all six games at the StubHub Center. Media members may sit in the Press Box (seating is first come, first served) or in Section 108 of the stands.
 
Press Box Hours:
Game Date
Time
Sunday, January 8    
12 - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 10 
12 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 12
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
 
POSTGAME MIXED ZONE
Following each match, players will be available for media interviews in the mixed zone, which is located in the Champions Lounge.
 
Coaches and technical staff will be available throughout the day to media upon request.
 
MEDIA PARKING
Parking for media members will be available in Lot 12 at the StubHub Center on game days. CLICK HERE for a map of the parking areas.
 
 
MLS COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT
For any additional questions regarding the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine, please contact Jane.Sexton@MLSsoccer.com.
 
 
 
 
 
The MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, Major League Soccer’s annual player draft, brings together top collegiate, youth, and international players as they step into the professional ranks in MLS. This year, the SuperDraft consists of four rounds, each with 22 picks.  The first two rounds will take place on Friday, January 13th, in Los Angeles and third and fourth rounds on Jan. 17 via conference call. Notable selections in past years include: former New England Revolution and current Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey (2004); former MetroStar and current Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (2004), 2014 AT&T Rookie of the Year, FC Dallas’ Tesho Akindele (2014); 2015 AT&T Rookie of the Year, Orlando City SC’s Cyle Larin (2015), NYCFC’s Jack Harrison (2016), and 2016 Goalkeeper of the Year, Philadelphia Union’s Andre Blake (2014).
 
The 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com, the MLS YouTube channel, and the MLS Facebook page with live updates through MLS social media channels.
 
 
SELECTION ORDER
As determined by the Expansion Priority Draft held in October of 2016, expansion club Minnesota United FC holds the first overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft followed by Atlanta United. The following selections are by teams that did not qualify for the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, beginning with the team that earned the fewest points in the 2016 regular season, unless selections have been traded. The remaining 12 picks are ranked by fewest regular season points among teams that were eliminated in the same round of the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.
 
CLICK HERE for a continually updated SuperDraft order.  
 
 
PLAYER AVAILABILITY
All players present at the SuperDraft and MLS club technical staffs will be available to the media in a mixed zone setting after selection.
 
 
CREDENTIALS & MEDIA ENTRANCE
Media credential pick-up will begin at 10 a.m. on the morning of the SuperDraft just outside the LA Convention Center Ballroom. Media members will be asked to show identification to pick up credentials. Doors to the draft room will open to media at 10:30 a.m. following the MLS Commissioner’s spotlight session at the NSCAA Convention.
 
For any late credential requests for the 2017 adidas MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, please contact Christa.Mann@MLSsoccer.com.
 
 
PARKING
Paid parking for media at the Los Angeles Convention Center will be in the West Hall Garage.
 
CLICK HERE to view a parking map for the LA Convention Center.
 
 
MLS COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT
For any additional questions regarding the 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, please contact Lauren.Hayes@MLSsoccer.com.  
 
 
NSCAA CONVENTION
The NSCAA Convention will feature an exciting slate of MLS-featured programming including a spotlight session with MLS Commissioner Don Garber, moderated by FOX’s John Strong, on Friday, January 13 at 9:30 a.m. PT. 
 
Click here for the full schedule of MLS speakers and presenters.
 
Click here to apply for credentials to the NSCAA Convention.