Eleven BIG EAST Players Invited to 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine

 

Eleven players from the BIG EAST have been invited to the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine. The league released a 54-person list of seniors scheduled to take part in the event, which will take place Jan. 11-15.

 

The combine will be held at Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., prior to the SuperDraft. The players will be divided into four teams that are led by both collegiate coaches and youth coaches. Matches will be played as doubleheaders on January 11, 13 and 15.

 

NCAA College Cup runner-up Georgetown is well represented, with three players scheduled for the event: midfielder Ian Christianson and defenders Tommy Muller and Jimmy Nealis.

 

The highest-profile names are the BIG EAST trio of Dillon Powers and Ryan Finley (Notre Dame), and UConn's Carlos Alvarez. All three are expected to be first-round picks in the MLS Superdraft, which will take place on Jan. 17, at the Indiana Convention Center, in Indianapolis, Ind., at 12 p.m. ET. For the ninth consecutive year, the draft will be held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention.

 

The SuperDraft will include two rounds and 38 overall selections. The first nine selections are currently held by clubs that did not qualify for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs, in reverse order of regular season finish. The remaining 10 positions currently belong to clubs that were eliminated in the same round of the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs, in reverse order of regular season finish. A four-round Supplemental Draft will take place via conference call on Jan. 22, 2013.

 

There are two players each from Louisville and USF on the list. From a Cardinals team that reached the NCAA Championship Elite Eight, defender/midfielder Greg Cochrane and midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo were invited. USF, which reached the second round of the NCAA Championship, was represented by defender Brenton Griffiths and midfielder Leston Paul. Providence midfielder Marc Cintron was also invited.

 

Below is the initial list:

 

Name

Position

School

Carlos Alvarez

 Midfielder

 Connecticut

Don Anding

 Forward

 Northeastern

Will Bates

 Forward

 Virginia

Kyle Bekker

 Midfielder

 Boston College

James Belshaw

 Goalkeeper

 Duke

Ashton Bennett

 Forward

 Coastal Carolina

Ian Christianson

 Midfielder

 Georgetown

Marc Cintron

 Midfielder

 Providence

Greg Cochrane

 Defender/ Midfielder

 Louisville

Machael David

 Midfielder

 UC Santa Barbara

Danchrisandre Delgado

 Midfielder

 San Diego

Paolo DelPiccolo

 Midfielder

 Louisville

Uwem Etuk

 Midfielder/Forward

 West Virginia

Ryan Finley

 Forward

 Notre Dame

Ben Fisk

 Midfielder

 Washington

Shaun Foster

 Defender

 Hofstra

Joe Franco

 Defender

 CSUN

Jordan Gafa

 Defender

 North Carolina

John Gallagher

 Defender

 Penn State

Jose Gomez

 Midfielder

 Creighton

Scott Goodwin

 Goalkeeper

 North Carolina

Brenton Griffiths

 Defender

 USF

Coleton Henning

 Midfielder/Forward

 Furman

Ryan Hollingshead

 Midfielder

 UCLA

Erik Hurtado

 Forward

 SCU

Larry Jackson

 Goalkeeper

 SCU

Taylor Kemp

 Defender/Midfielder

 Maryland

Korey Kindle

 Defender/Midfielder

 Bakersfield

Jonathan Mendoza

 Midfielder

 Stetson

David Meves

 Goalkeeper

 Akron

Fernando Monge

 Midfielder

 UCLA

Tommy Muller

 Defender

 Georgetown

Colin Murphy

 Midfielder

 Boston College

Jimmy Nealis

 Defender/Midfielder

 Georgetown

Tommy (T.J.) Nelson

 Midfielder

 SMU

Kofi Opare

 Defender

 Michigan

Leston Paul

 Midfielder

 USF

Dillon Powers

 Midfielder

 Notre Dame

Andrew Ribeiro

 Defender/Midfielder

 Creighton

Devon Sandoval

 Forward

 New Mexico

Eric Schoenle

 Defender

 West Virginia

Donald Smith

 Midfielder

 Charlotte

Blake Smith

 Midfielder/Forward

 New Mexico

Yannik Smith

 Forward

 Old Dominion

Luis Soffner

 Goalkeeper

 Indiana

Luke Spencer

 Forward

 Xavier

John Stertzer

 Midfielder

 Maryland

Brad Stuver

 Goalkeeper

 Cleveland State

Chris Thomas

 Forward

 Elon

Dylan Tucker-Gangnes

 Defender

 Washington

Emery Welshman

 Forward

 Oregon State

Danny Wenzel

 Defender

 Wake Forest

Daniel Withrow

 Goalkeeper

 Marshall

Paul Wyatt

 Midfielder/Forward

 James Madison