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NEWS: Initial List of 2018 adidas MLS Player Combine Invitees Announced

NEW YORK (Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017) – Major League Soccer today announced the initial 60 NCAA DI college players invited to participate in the 2018 adidas MLS Player Combine. Top collegiate players from across the country will showcase their talents in front of representatives from all 23 MLS clubs in Orlando, FL from Jan. 11-17, 2018. All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2018 SuperDraft presented by adidas which will take place on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches 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 2017 Men’s MAC Hermann Trophy headline this year’s list of initial invitees. Wake Forest University forward Jon Bakero, who has totaled 10 game-winning goals in his career, is a third-team All-ACC honoree (2015), ACC All-Tournament Team honoree (2016) and NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team honoree (2016). Bakero joins Stanford University defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce as a MAC Hermann trophy finalist. Hilliard-Arce was named the Pac-12 Defender of the Year after clinching a third straight NCAA national championship. Leading Western Michigan was midfielder Brandon Bye, who was named the MAC Player of the Year with the help of 12 goals and five assists in just 17 games. Jon Gallagher of Notre Dame University makes the MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists list just one year after being named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year with 14 goals and seven assists, while Louisville University defender Tim Kubel is a MAC Hermann trophy semifinalist for the second straight year. Dartmouth College defender Wyatt Omsberg was included in the 2017 College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer Preseason All-America lists. Omsberg was also named the 2016 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Rounding out the group is UNC Chapel Hill forward Alan Winn, who led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Men’s College Cup with 11 goals, second in the ACC along with .69 goals per game.
 
A mix of collegiate soccer head coaches and MLS Academy personnel will make up the Combine coaching staff.  University of Wisconsin-Madison head coach John Trask, Indiana University head coach Todd Yeagley, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach Kris Kelderman and East Tennessee State head coach Bo Oshoniyi will serve as the head coaches for the four Combine teams. The assistant coaches will be FC Dallas Academy Director Luchi Gonzalez, NYCFC Academy Director Rodrigo Marion, New England Revolution Director of Youth Development Bryan Scales and Solar Soccer Club Head of Soccer Operations, Executive Director of Coaching Elite Programs and Technical Director Adrian Solca.
 

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2018 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Participants
(Alphabetical by last name)
 

First Name

Last Name

School

Pos.

Hometown/Citizenship

Bio

Marcelo

Acuna

Virginia Tech

FW

San Jose, Costa Rica; Costa Rica

Bio

Pablo

Aguilar

University of Virginia

MF

Guatemala City, Guatemala; Guatemala/USA

Bio

Rafael

Andrade Santos

VCU

MF/FW

Rio de Janiero, Brazil; Brazil

Bio

Will

Bagrou

Mercer University

FW

Dacula, GA; USA

Bio

Jon

Bakero

Wake Forest University

FW

Sitges, Spain; Spain

Bio

Pau

Belana

The University of Akron

MF

Barcelona, Spain; Spain

Bio

Tristan

Blackmon

University of the Pacific

DF

Las Vegas, NV; USA

Bio

Arthur

Bosua

Columbia University

FW

Johannesburg, South Africa; South Africa

Bio

Cory

Brown

Xavier University

DF

Nelson, New Zealand; New Zealand

Bio

Brandon

Bye

Western Michigan University

FW/DF

Portage, MI; USA

Bio

Jeff

Caldwell

University of Virginia

GK

Todd, NC; USA

Bio

Pol

Calvet Planellas

University of Pittsburgh

DF

Barcelona, Spain; Spain

Bio

George

Campbell

University of Maryland

DF

Baltimore, MD; USA

Bio

Paul

Christensen

University of Portland

GK

Woodinville, WA; USA

Bio

Harry

Cooksley

St. John's University

MF/FW

London, England; United Kingdom

Bio

Manuel

Cordeiro

The University of Akron

MF

Porto, Portugal; Portugal

Bio

Niko

DeVera

The University of Akron

DF

Camas, WA; USA

Bio

Eric

Dick

Butler University

GK

Carmel, IN; USA

Bio

Justin

Fiddes

University of Washington

DF

San Diego, CA; USA

Bio

Markus

Fjortoft

Duke University

DF

Asker, Norway; Norway

Bio

Sam

Gainford

The University of Akron

FW

Liverpool, England; United Kingdom

Bio

Jon

Gallagher

University of Notre Dame

FW

Dundalk, Ireland; Ireland

Bio

Giovanni

Godoy

UC Irvine

FW

Watsonville, CA; USA

Bio

Mamadou

Guirassy

New Jersey Institute of Technology

FW

Paris, France; France/USA

Bio

Tomas

Hillard-Arce

Stanford University

DF

Matthews, NC; USA

Bio

Brian

Iloski

UCLA

MF

Escondido, CA; USA

Bio

Jordan

Jones

Oregon State University

FW

Pacific Grove, CA; USA

Bio

Ken

Krolicki

Michigan State University

MF

Plymouth, MI; USA; USA/Japan

Bio

Tim

Kubel

University of Louisville

DF/MF

Stuttgart, Germany; Germany

Bio

Chris

Lema

Georgetown University

MF

Ridgefield, NJ; USA

Bio

Ricky

Lopez-Espin

Creighton University

FW

Miami, FL; USA

Bio

Ben

Lundgaard

Virginia Tech

GK

Greenville, DE; USA

Bio

Carter

Manley

Duke University

DF

Elkridge, MD; USA

Bio

Paul

Marie

Florida International University

DF

Saint-Aubin-des-Bois, France; France/USA

Bio

Andre

Morrison

University of Hartford

DF

Clarendon, Jamaica; Jamaica

Bio

Chris

Mueller

University of Wisconsin - Madison

FW

Schaumburg, IL; USA

Bio

Danny

Musovski

UNLV

FW

Henderson, NV; USA

Bio

Michael

Nelson

Southern Methodist University

GK

Katy, TX; USA

Bio

Wyatt

Omsberg

Dartmouth College

DF

Scarborough, ME; USA

Bio

Arthur ‘AJ’

Paterson

Wright State

MF

Key Largo, FL; USA

Bio

Frantzdy

Pierrot

Coastal Carolina

FW

Boston, MA; USA

Bio

Afonso

Pinheiro

University at Albany, SUNY

FW

Sao Paulo, Brazil; Brazil

Bio

Matias

Pyysalo

University of Central Florida

FW/MF

Helsinki, Finland; Finland

Bio

Alex

Roldan

Seattle University

MF

Pico Rivera, CA; USA; USA/El Salvador

Bio

Jake

Rozhansky

University of Maryland

MF

Germantown, MD; USA

Bio

Albert

Ruiz

Florida Gulf Coast University

FW

Barcelona, Spain; Spain

Bio

Rafael

Sanchez

Saint Mary's College

DF/MF

Selah, WA; USA

Bio

Leon

Schwarzer

University of San Francisco

MF

Munster, Germany; Germany

Bio

Mark

Segbers

University of Wisconsin - Madison

DF/FW

St. Louis, MO; USA

Bio

Oliver

Shannon

Clemson University

MF

Liverpool, England; United Kingdom

Bio

Nate

Shultz

The University of Akron

DF

Mayfield, OH; USA

Bio

Drew

Skundrich

Stanford University

MF

Lancaster, PA; USA

Bio

Graham

Smith

University of Denver

MF

Highlands Ranch, CO; USA

Bio

Lucas

Stauffer

Creighton University

DF

Owensboro, KY; USA

Bio

Mac

Steeves

Providence College

FW

Needham, MA; USA

Bio

Mohamed

Thiaw

University of Louisville

FW

Lexington, KY; USA

Bio

Brian

White

Duke University

MF/FW

Flemington, NJ; USA

Bio

Ben

White

Gonzaga University

DF

Tigard, OR; USA

Bio

Alan

Winn

UNC Chapel Hill

FW

Garland, TX; USA

Bio

Jason

Wright

Clemson University

FW

Kingston, Jamaica; Jamaica

Bio

 
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