MLS has named the first 58 players -- from 44 Division I schools -- who will attend a combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Jan. 5-8 to be viewed by MLS coaches in preparation for the 2007 MLS SuperDraft Jan. 12 in Indianapolis.
Last year, 23 of the 48 players selected in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft
participated in the 2006 combine.
The 58 players were chosen by a select panel of Division I college coaches who
nominated and voted for players in conjunction with MLS coaches.
Youth players from the Generation adidas program will join additional collegiate
players from NCAA Division II and III schools, NAIA schools and Division I
alternates to finalize the 2007 adidas Player Combine.
The players will be divided into four teams and coached by college coaches
John Trask (Illinois at Chicago), John Rennie (Duke), Mike Noonan
(Brown) and Greg Andrulis (George Mason).
Division I college players selected for MLS combine:
GOALKEEPERS: Talmon Hall (San Diego State), Justin Hughes (North
Carolina), Chris Konopka (Providence College), Phil Marfuggi (Clemson), Nick
Noble (West Virginia).
DEFENDERS: Andrew Boyens (New Mexico), Ty Harden (Washington), Michael
Harrington (North Carolina), Kyle Helton (Duke), Aaron Hohlbein (Wisconsin),
Zach Kirby (Boston), Hugh MacDonald (Monmouth), Nigel Marples (Towson), Billy
Meier (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Jay Needham (Southern Methodist), Steve Purdy
MIDFIELDERS: Rich Asante (Syracuse), Karim Boukhemis (Marshall), Bryan
Byrne (California-Santa Barbara), Alex Cunliffe (Fairfield), Steven Curfman
(Wake Forest), Greg Dalby (Notre Dame), John DiRaimondo (St. Louis), Eric Ebert
(California), John Michael Hayden (Indiana), Scott Jones (North Carolina -
Greensboro), Jared Kent (Old Dominion), Nick LaBrocca (Rutgers), Justin McGrane
(Northern Illinois), Nate Norman (Notre Dame), Ryan Solle (Wake Forest), Wells
Thompson (Wake Forest), Josh Tudela (Indiana), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Akron),
Chase Wileman (Southern Methodist).
FORWARDS: Charles Altchek (Harvard), Gerardo Alvarez (Northwestern),
Corey Ashe (North Carolina), Aaron Chandler (San Francisco), Adam Christman
(Virginia), Omar Cummings (The of Cincinatti), Andrew Daniels (Brown), Edson
Elcock (Old Dominion), Brad Evans (California-Irvine), Robbie Findley (Oregon
State), Jeff Gonsalves (Rhode Island), Willy Guadarrama (Campbell), Ryan Guy
(San Diego), Chris Loftus (Duke), Jerson Monteiro (Alabama at Birmingham),
Frederico Moojen (Clemson), Simon Omekanda (Penn State), Riley O'Neill
(Kentucky), Randi Patterson (North Carolina-Greensboro), Dane Richards
(Clemson), Mike Sambursky (South Carolina), Jarrod Smith (West Virginia), Erik
Ustruck (Santa Clara).