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Initial List of Invitees to the 2017 MLS SuperDraft Combine Announced

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.

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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

BIO

Michael

Amick

UCLA

DF

Sunnyvale, CA; USA

BIO

Brandon

Aubrey

University of Notre Dame

DF

Plano, TX; USA

BIO

Kwame

Awuah

UConn

MF

Toronto, ON; Canada

BIO

Nazeem

Bartman

University of South Florida

FW

Cape Town, South Africa; South Africa

BIO

Kyle

Bjornethun

Seattle University

DF

Snohomish, WA; USA

BIO

Brandt

Bronico

UNC Charlotte

MF

High Point, NC; USA

BIO

Russell

Cicerone

SUNY-Buffalo

MF/FW

Bloomfield Hills, MI; USA

BIO

Suliman

Dainkeh

University of Maryland

DF

Reston, VA; USA

BIO

Michael

DeGraffenreidt 

University of Louisville

DF

Baltimore, MD; USA

BIO

Guillermo

Delgado

University of Delaware

FW

Tres Cantos, Spain; Spain

BIO

Nick

DePuy

UC Santa Barbara

FW

Irvine, CA; USA

BIO

Francis

de Vries

Saint Francis University (Penn.)

DF

Christchurch, New Zealand; New Zealand

BIO

Reagan

Dunk

University of Denver

DF

Dallas, TX; USA

BIO

Jack

Elliott

West Virginia University

DF/MF

London, England; UK

BIO

Wuilito

Fernandes

UMass-Lowell

FW/MF

Praia, Cape Verde; Cape Verde

BIO

Alec

Ferrell

Wake Forest University

GK

Westlake, OH; USA

BIO

David

Goldsmith

Butler University

FW

Bristol, England; UK

BIO

Jorge

Gomez Sanchez

Temple University

FW

Talavera De La Reina, Spain; Spain

BIO

Julian

Gressel

Providence College

MF

Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany; Germany

BIO

Sam

Hamilton

University of Denver

MF

Evergreen, CO; USA

BIO

Niko

Hansen

University of New Mexico

FW

Sacramento, CA; USA/Denmark

BIO

Jacori

Hayes

Wake Forest University

MF

Bowie, MD; USA

BIO

Joe

Holland

Hofstra University

MF

London, England; UK

BIO

Walker

Hume

UNC Chapel Hill

DF

San Angelo, TX; USA

BIO

Daniel

Johnson

University of Louisville

MF

Duluth, GA; USA

BIO

Aaron

Jones

Clemson University

DF

Great Yarmouth, UK; UK

BIO

Eric

Klenofsky

Monmouth University

GK

Lincoln Park, NJ; USA

BIO

Austin

Ledbetter

SIU-Edwardsville

DF

St. Charles, MO; USA

BIO

Zeiko

Lewis

Boston College

MF

Pembroke, Bermuda; Bermuda

BIO

Connor

Maloney

Penn State University

DF

Harrisburg, PA; USA

BIO

Napo

Matsoso

University of Kentucky

MF

Louisville, Kentucky; Lesotho

BIO

Billy

McConnell

Indiana University

DF

Richboro, PA; USA

BIO

Jake

McGuire

University of Tulsa

GK

Chino Hills, CA; USA

BIO

Lindo

Mfeka

University of South Florida

MF/FW

Durban, South Africa; South Africa

BIO

Robert

Moewes

Duke University

GK

Dortmund, Germany; Germany

BIO

Brian

Nana-Sinkam

Stanford University

DF

Lititz, PA; USA

BIO

Chris

Nanco

Syracuse University

FW

Brampton, ON; Canada

BIO

Jakob

Nerwinski

UConn

DF

Lawrenceville, NJ; USA

BIO

Chris

Odoi-Atsem

University of Maryland

DF

Mitchellville, MD; USA

BIO

Evan

Panken

University of Notre Dame

MF

Edina, MN; USA

BIO

Danilo

Radjen

University of Akron

DF

Broadview Heights, OH; USA

BIO

Robby

Sagel

Penn State University

DF

Las Vegas, NV; USA

BIO

Eddie

Sanchez

University of Portland

MF/FW

Canby, OR; USA

BIO

Auden

Schilder

University of Washington

GK

Bellingham, WA; USA

BIO

Justin

Schmidt

University of Washington

DF

Albuquerque, NM; USA

BIO

Colton

Storm

UNC Chapel Hill

DF

Mechanicsburg, PA; USA

BIO

Christian

Thierjung

California

FW

Dove Canyon, CA; USA

BIO

Tanner

Thompson

Indiana University

MF

Loomis, CA; USA

BIO

Felix

Vobejda

UCLA

MF/DF

Bielefeld, Germany; Germany

BIO

Chris

Wehan

University of New Mexico

MF

Laguna Niguel, CA; USA

BIO

Jordan

Wilson

University of Kentucky

DF

Auchterarder, Scotland; UK

BIO

Brian

Wright

University of Vermont

FW

Ajax, ON; Canada

BIO

 
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