NEW YORK – 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 12 p.m. PT on Friday, Jan. 13 at the LA Convention Center in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC own the seventh overall pick.
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.
2017 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Participants
(Alphabetical by last name)
|Lalas Abubakar||Dayton||D||Accra, Ghana; Ghana||BIO|
|Michael Amick||UCLA||D||Sunnyvale, CA; USA||BIO|
|Brandon Aubrey||Notre Dame||D||Plano, TX; USA||BIO|
|Kwame Awuah||UConn||M||Toronto, ON; Canada||BIO|
|Nazeem Bartman||South Florida||F||Cape Town, South Africa; South Africa||BIO|
|Kyle Bjornethun||Seattle||D||Snohomish, WA; USA||BIO|
|Brandt Bronico||UNC-Charlotte||M||High Point, NC; USA||BIO|
|Russell Cicerone||SUNY-Buffalo||M/F||Bloomfield Hills, MI; USA||BIO|
|Suliman Danikeh||Maryland||D||Reston, VA; USA||BIO|
|Michael DeGraffenriedt||Louisville||D||Baltimore, MD; USA||BIO|
|Guillermo Delgado||Delaware||F||Tres Cantos, Spain; Spain||BIO|
|Nick Depuy||UC Santa Barbara||F||Irvine, CA; USA||BIO|
|Frances de Vries||Saint Francis (Penn.)||D||Christchurch, New Zealand; New Zealand||BIO|
|Reagan Dunk||Denver||D||Dallas, TX; USA||BIO|
|Jack Elliott||West Virginia||D/M||London, England; UK||BIO|
|Wuilito Fernandes||UMass-Lowell||F/M||Praia, Cape Verde; Cape Verde||BIO|
|Alec Ferrell||Wake Forest||GK||Westlake, OH; USA||BIO|
|David Goldsmith||Butler||F||Bristol, England; UK||BIO|
|Jorge Gomez Sanchez||Temple||F||Talavera De La Reina, Spain; Spain||BIO|
|Julian Gressel||Providence||M||Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany; Germany||BIO|
|Sam Hamilton||Denver||M||Evergreen, CO; USA||BIO|
|Niko Hansen||New Mexico||F||Sacramento, CA; USA/Denmark||BIO|
|Jacori Hayes||Wake Forest||M||Bowie, MD; USA||BIO|
|Joe Holland||Hofstra||M||London, England; UK||BIO|
|Walker Hume||UNC-Chapel Hill||D||San Angelo, TX; USA||BIO|
|Daniel Johnson||Louisville||M||Duluth, GA; USA||BIO|
|Aaron Jones||Clemson||D||Great Yarmouth, England; UK||BIO|
|Eric Klenofsky||Monmouth||GK||Lincoln Park, NJ; USA||BIO|
|Austin Ledbetter||SIU-Edwardsville||D||St. Charles, MO; USA||BIO|
|Zeiko Lewis||Boston College||M||Pembroke, Bermuda; Bermuda||BIO|
|Connor Maloney||Penn State||D||Harrisburg, PA; USA||BIO|
|Napo Matsoso||Kentucky||M||Louisville, KY; Lesotho||BIO|
|Billy McConnell||Indiana||D||Richboro, PA; USA||BIO|
|Jake McGuire||Tulsa||GK||Chino Hills, CA; USA||BIO|
|Lindo Mfeka||South Florida||M/F||Durban, South Africa; South Africa||BIO|
|Robert Moewes||Duke||GK||Dortmund, Germany; Germany||BIO|
|Brian Nana-Sinkam||Stanford||D||Lititz, PA; US||BIO|
|Chris Nanco||Syracuse||F||Brampton, ON; Canada||BIO|
|Jakob Nerwinski||UConn||D||Lawrenceville, NJ; USA||BIO|
|Chris Odoi-Atsem||Maryland||D||Mitchellville, MD; USA||BIO|
|Evan Panken||Notre Dame||M||Edina, MN; USA||BIO|
|Danilo Radjen||Akron||D||Broadview Heights, OH; USA||BIO|
|Robby Sagel||Penn State||D||Las Vegas, NV; USA||BIO|
|Eddie Sanchez||Portland||M/F||Canby, OR; USA||BIO|
|Aaron Schilder||Washington||GK||Bellingham, WA; USA||BIO|
|Justin Schmidt||Washington||D||Albuquerque, NM; USA||BIO|
|Colton Storm||UNC-Chapel Hill||D||Mechanicsburg, PA; USA||BIO|
|Christian Thierjung||California||F||Dove Canyon, CA; USA||BIO|
|Tanner Thompson||Indiana||M||Loomis, CA; USA||BIO|
|Felix Vobejda||UCLA||M/D||Bielefeld, Germany; Germany||BIO|
|Chris Wehan||New Mexico||M||Laguna Niguel, CA; USA||BIO|
|Jordan Wilson||Kentucky||D||Auchterarder, Scotland; UK||BIO|
|Brian Wright||Vermont||F||Ajax, ON; Canada||BIO|