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MLS announces initial 2016 Combine list

Article Written by TopDrawerSoccer
Published: December 11, 2015

Major League Soccer today announced the 59 NCAA DI college players invited to participate in the 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine. Top collegiate players from across the country will showcase their talents in front of representatives from all 20 MLS clubs in Fort Lauderdale, FL from Jan. 7-12, 2016. All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2016 SuperDraft presented by adidas which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 14 in Baltimore, MD.

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. Additional invitees including Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players, and more college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks.

Headlining this year’s invitees are six semifinalists for the 2015 Men’s MAC Hermann Trophy. A pair of Clemson University teammates - Paul Clowes (ACC Midfielder of the Year) and Kyle Fisher (ACC Defender of the Year) – approach the Combine with accolades already in hand, and will look to wrap up their collegiate careers with a national championship in this year’s College Cup. Also still vying for a national championship is Stanford’s Brandon Vincent. The defender was dominant in Pac-12 play this season, earning conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and All-Pac-12 First Team honors. Creighton’s Timo Pitter won back-to-back BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year awards in 2014 and 2015, and finished his career ranked among the school’s Top 10 in goals (33) and points (87). University of North Carolina’s Jonathan Campbell anchored the Tar Heels’ backline this season, starting all 19 games for a defense that yielded the second fewest goals in the ACC. Lastly, forward Brandon Allen enters the Combine after securing his spot as Georgetown’s all-time leader in goals (50) and earning a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST 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, George Mason University head coach Greg Andrulis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach Kris Kelderman and University of Akron head coach Jared Embick will serve as the head coaches for the four Combine teams. The assistant coaches will be announced at a later date.

2016 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Participants

F Brandon Allen, Georgetown

M Emmanuel Appiah, Cincinnati

D Duncan Backus, UC Santa Barbara

M/F Hadji Barry, UCF

D Justin Bilyeu, SIUE

F Colin Bonner, UNC Wilmington

D Bradley Bourgeois, Tulsa

F Neco Brett, Robert Morris

D Jonathan Campbell, North Carolina

D Zachary Carroll, Michigan State

F TJ Casner, Clemson

D Dennis Castillo, VCU

M Paul Clowes, Clemson

D Tyler David, Saint Louis

M Mikhail Doholis, Oregon State

D Liam Doyle, Ohio State

M Tsubasa Endoh, Maryland

D Kyle Fisher, Clemson

F Michael Gamble, Wake Forest

GK Wade Hamilton, Cal Poly

M Josh Heard, Washington

GK Ryan Herman, Washington

D Brendan Hines-Ike, South Florida

M Patrick Hodan, Notre Dame

F Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Indiana

GK Callum Irving, Kentucky

M Ryan James, Bowling Green

D/M Vincent Keller, Creighton

D Max Lachowecki, Notre Dame

GK Sven Lissek, Furman

F Jamie Luchini, Lehigh

D Mitchell Lurie, Rutgers

F Darius Madison, UMBC

D Ivan Magalhaes, Maryland

M Antonio Matarazzo, Columbia

M Zachary Mathers, Duke

D Jordan McCrary, North Carolina

M Chase Minter, Cal Poly

Vincent Mitchell, Butler

M James Moberg, Washington

F C. Nortey, Marquette

F Kyle Parker, Charlotte

M Timo Pitter, Creighton

F Ben Polk, Syracuse

D Keegan Rosenberry, Georgetown

F Michael Salazar, UC Riverside

F Thomas Sanner, Princeton

M Rodrigo Saravia, Florida Gulf Coast(m)

M Jordan Schweitzer, Denver

D Cole Seiler, Georgetown

F Keegan Smith, San Diego

D Andrew Souders, Akron

GK Connor Sparrow, Creighton

M Mitchell Taintor, Rutgers

M Ty Thompson, Stanford

D Josh Turnley, Georgetown

M Eric Verso, Stanford

D Brandon Vincent, Stanford

M Todd Wharton, Virginia

 
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