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Top Collegiate, Youth and International Players Arrive in Florida for the 2018 Adidas MLS Player Com

January 12, 2018 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

Virginia's Edward Opoku to Generation adidas contract

NEW YORK(Thursday, January 11, 2018) - Major League Soccer today welcomes the top collegiate, youth and international players to Florida, as more than 70 talented young stars look to impress MLS coaches and team officials at the 2018 adidas MLS Player Combine at Orlando City Stadium. 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 NSCAA-First Team All-Americans and a MAC Hermann Trophy winner, participants will be turning heads over three days of competition as they anxiously await their potential selection in the MLS SuperDraft 2018 presented by adidas at 11 a.m. on January 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Full details are below for media covering the Combine and SuperDraft onsite and from afar.

MLS also announced the signing of University of Virginia junior Edward Opoku to the 2018 Generation adidas class. In addition, seven college seniors and one youth international have also been extended invites to the 2018 adidas MLS Player Combine, while one player signed a senior contract with MLS.

Also joining the Combine are seven college seniors in Luis Argudo (Wake Forest University), Alex Bumpus (University of Kentucky), Jose Carrera-Garcia (University of California), Diego Campos (Clemson University), Xavier Gomez (University of Nebraska Omaha), Josh Morton (University of California) and Thomas Vancaeyezeele (University of Charleston).

Jon Gallagher (University of Notre Dame) also signed a senior contract with Major League Soccer.

Rounding out the Combine invitees is Youth International signing Issaka Nyemewero.

Withdrawing from the Combine were Jake Rozhansky and Rafael Sanchez. Drew Skundrich (Stanford University) has withdrawn from the Combine due to injury but is still eligible for selection in the SuperDraft.

2018 adidas MLS Player Combine The 2018 adidas MLS Player Combine will feature top collegiate players from across the country showcasing their talents in front of representatives from all 23 MLS clubs. All matches will be played on the game field at Orlando City Stadium, home of the Orlando City SC from January 11-17.

The invited players have been divided into four teams: Team X, Team Predator, Team Tango, and Team Nemeziz, and every team will play one game on each of the three match days for a total of three games per team.

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