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54 College Seniors Invited to 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine

December 11, 2012 - Major League Soccer (MLS)

NEW YORK (Tuesday, December 11, 2012) - Major League Soccer today announced the fifty-four NCAA DI college seniors invited to participate in the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine.

Two MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists, 15 All-Americans and eight Men's College Cup Final Four participants are among the players that will take the field in Fort Lauderdale from January 11-15. All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2013 SuperDraft presented by adidas that will take place on January 17 in Indianapolis (12 p.m. ET).

A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players, and additional college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ryan Finley and Jose Gomez, two of the three Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy finalists, are among those looking to impress the 19 MLS clubs.

Despite coming off the bench in every match throughout his senior season, Finley, a forward for Notre Dame, tallied 21 goals, including six multiple-goal games, and earned the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year award.

Gomez, a creative attacking midfielder from Creighton, claimed one of three finalist spots after being overlooked in the preliminary MAC Hermann Trophy watch list at the start of the season. The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year started every game for the Bluejays in 2012, leading the team to the Men's College Cup semifinal.

The Division I Men's All-America teams will again be well represented at the MLS Combine. Fifteen of the invited seniors were named to All-America teams: five First Team selections, five Second Team selections and five Third Team selections. Three of those 15 players, Ashton Bennett (Coastal Carolina, forward), Carlos Alvarez (Connecticut, midfielder) and John Stertzer (Maryland, midfielder) are repeat All-Americans.

Eight players that participated in the 2012 Men's College Cup Final Four this past weekend are among the Combine invited player list: two players from Creighton (Jose Gomez, Andrew Ribeiro), three from Georgetown (Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis, Ian Christianson), two from Maryland (Taylor Kemp, John Stertzer) and one for the 2012 Men's College Cup Champion Indiana University (Luis Soffner).

2013 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Senior Participants

(By Last Name)

First Name Last Name School Position Hometown BIO

Carlos Alvarez University of Connecticut M Los Angeles, Calif. BIO

Don Anding Northeastern University F Amity Harbor, N.Y. BIO

Will Bates University of Virginia F Chester, Va. BIO

Kyle Bekker Boston College M Oakville, Ontario BIO

James Belshaw Duke University GK Nottingham, England BIO

Ashton Bennett Coastal Carolina University F Clarendon, Jamaica BIO

Ian Christianson Georgetown University M Cedar Rapids, Iowa BIO

Marc Cintron Providence College F Piscataway, N.J. BIO

Greg Cochrane University of Louisville D/M Holland, Pa. BIO

Machael David University of California, Santa Barbara M Tacoma, Wash. BIO

Danchrisandre (Dan) Delgado University of San Diego M Escondido, Ca. BIO

Paolo DelPiccolo University of Louisville M Wheat Ridge, Colo. BIO

Uwem Etuk West Virginia University M Herndon, Va. BIO

Ryan Finley University of Notre Dame F Lumberton, NJ BIO

Ben Fisk University of Washington M Federal Way, Wash. BIO

Shaun Foster Hofstra University D Southport, England BIO

Joe Franco California State University, Northridge D Monrovia, Calif. BIO

Jordan Gafa University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill D/M San Diego, Calif. BIO

John Gallagher Pennsylvania State University D Pine Bush, N.Y. BIO

Jose Gomez Creighton University M Santa Ana, Calif. BIO

Scott Goodwin University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill GK Raleigh, N.C. BIO

Brenton Griffiths University of South Florida D Spanish Towne, Jamaica BIO

Coleton Henning Furman University M/F Shawnee, Kan. BIO

Ryan Hollingshead University of California, Los Angeles M/F Granite Bay, CA BIO

Erik Hurtado Santa Clara University F Beaverton, Ore. BIO

Larry Jackson Santa Clara University GK East Palo Alto, Calif. BIO

Taylor Kemp University of Maryland D/M Highland Ranch, Colo. BIO

Kory Kindle California State University, Bakersfield D/M Ventura, Calif. BIO

Jonathan Mendoza Stetson University M/F Altamonte Springs, Fla. BIO

David Meves University of Akron GK Arlington Heights, Ill. BIO

Fernando Monge University of California, Los Angeles M/F Seattle, WA BIO

Tommy Muller Georgetown University D Altamonte Springs, Fla. BIO

Colin Murphy Boston College M Hollywood, Fla. BIO

Jimmy Nealis Georgetown University M/D Massapequa, N.Y. BIO

Tommy (T.J) Nelson Southern Methodist University M Garland, Texas BIO

Kofi Opare University of Michigan D Niagara Falls, Ontario BIO

Leston Paul University of South Florida M Mayaro, Trinidad BIO

Dillon Powers University of Notre Dame M Plano, TX BIO

Andrew Ribeiro Creighton University M/F Green Bay, Wis. BIO

Devon Sandoval University of New Mexico F Albuquerque, N.M. BIO

Eric Schoenle West Virginia University D Yardley, Pa. BIO

Blake Smith University of New Mexico M/F Boerne, Texas BIO

Donnie Smith University of North Carolina at Charlotte M/F Matthews, NC BIO

Yannick Smith Old Dominion University F Hillsborough, NJ BIO

Luis Soffner Indiana University GK St. Louis, Mo. BIO

Luke Spencer Xavier University F Cincinnati, Ohio BIO

John Stertzer University of Maryland M Oakton, Va. BIO

Brad Stuver Cleveland State University GK Twinsburg, Ohio BIO

Chris Thomas Elon University F Snellville, Ga. BIO

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes University of Washington D/M Bainbridge Island, Wash. BIO

Emery Welshman Oregon State University F Mississauga, Ontario BIO

Danny Wenzel Wake Forest University D Federal Way, Wash. BIO

Daniel Withrow Marshall University GK Rochester Hills, Mich. BIO

Paul Wyatt James Madison University M/F Modbury, England BIO

2013 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Senior Participants

(By School)

First Name Last Name School Position Hometown

Kyle Bekker Boston College M Oakville, Ontario

Colin Murphy Boston College M Hollywood, Fla.

Kory Kindle California State University, Bakersfield D/M Ventura, Calif.

Joe Franco California State University, Northridge D Monrovia, Calif.

Brad Stuver Cleveland State University GK Twinsburg, Ohio

Ashton Bennett Coastal Carolina University F Clarendon, Jamaica

Jose Gomez Creighton University M Santa Ana, Calif.

Andrew Ribeiro Creighton University M/F Green Bay, Wis.

James Belshaw Duke University GK Nottingham, England

Chris Thomas Elon University F Snellville, Ga.

Coleton Henning Furman University M/F Shawnee, Kan.

Tommy Muller Georgetown University D Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Jimmy Nealis Georgetown University M/D Massapequa, N.Y.

Ian Christianson Georgetown University M Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Shaun Foster Hofstra University D Southport, England

Luis Soffner Indiana University GK St. Louis, Mo.

Paul Wyatt James Madison University M/F Modbury, England

Daniel Withrow Marshall University GK Rochester Hills, Mich.

Don Anding Northeastern University F Amity Harbor, N.Y.

Yannick Smith Old Dominion University F Hillsborough, NJ

Emery Welshman Oregon State University F Mississauga, Ontario

John Gallagher Pennsylvania State University D Pine Bush, N.Y.

Marc Cintron Providence College F Piscataway, N.J.

Erik Hurtado Santa Clara University F Beaverton, Ore.

Larry Jackson Santa Clara University GK East Palo Alto, Calif.

Tommy (T.J) Nelson Southern Methodist University M Garland, Texas

Jonathan Mendoza Stetson University M/F Altamonte Springs, Fla.

David Meves University of Akron GK Arlington Heights, Ill.

Ryan Hollingshead University of California, Los Angeles M/F Granite Bay, CA

Fernando Monge University of California, Los Angeles M/F Seattle, WA

Machael David University of California, Santa Barbara M Tacoma, Wash.

Carlos Alvarez University of Connecticut M Los Angeles, Calif.

Greg Cochrane University of Louisville D/M Holland, Pa.

Paolo DelPiccolo University of Louisville M Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Taylor Kemp University of Maryland D/M Highland Ranch, Colo.

John Stertzer University of Maryland M Oakton, Va.

Kofi Opare University of Michigan D Niagara Falls, Ontario

Devon Sandoval University of New Mexico F Albuquerque, N.M.

Blake Smith University of New Mexico M/F Boerne, Texas

Jordan Gafa University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill D/M San Diego, Calif.

Scott Goodwin University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill GK Raleigh, N.C.

Donnie Smith University of North Carolina at Charlotte M/F Matthews, NC

Ryan Finley University of Notre Dame F Lumberton, NJ

Dillon Powers University of Notre Dame M Plano, TX

Danchrisandre (Dan) Delgado University of San Diego M Escondido, Ca.

Brenton Griffiths University of South Florida D Spanish Towne, Jamaica

Leston Paul University of South Florida M Mayaro, Trinidad

Will Bates University of Virginia F Chester, Va.

Ben Fisk University of Washington M Federal Way, Wash.

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes University of Washington D/M Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Danny Wenzel Wake Forest University D Federal Way, Wash.

Uwem Etuk West Virginia University M Herndon, Va.

Eric Schoenle West Virginia University D Yardley, Pa.

Luke Spencer Xavier University F Cincinnati, Ohio

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