Notre Dame's Joseph Lapira, the 2006 Soccer America Player of the Year and Hermann Trophy winner, heads the initial list of 54 players invited to the 2008 adidas MLS Player Combine, which will be held Jan. 11-5 at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The draft concludes three days before the 2008 MLS SuperDraft to be held on Jan. 18 in
Lapira, born and raised in Louisiana, played for the Ireland national team last spring and had a trial at Scottish club Rangers last summer. He holds an Irish passport -- his
mother is Irish-born -- and therefore should attract interest from British clubs.
Four college coaches -- Mike Jeffries, the Duke assistant head
coach, Ed Kelly, head coach at Boston College for the past 20 seasons, Bobby Muuss, in his first season as the
head coach at Denver after six years as the top assistant coach at Wake Forest, and Tim Lenahan, head coach of Northwestern -- will work with the four
teams that will be formed for the combine.
2008 adidas MLS Player Combine
Dominic Cervi (Tulsa); Brian Edwards (Wake Forest); Andrew Kartunen (Stanford); Casey Latchem (Ohio State); Steve Sandbo (SMU);
Scott Bolkan (Stanford); Matthew Britner (Brown); Eric Brunner (Ohio State); Adrian Chevannes (Southern Methodist); Sean Franklin (Cal State Northridge); Matt Hatzke (Santa Clara); David Horst
(Old Dominion); Andy Iro (UC Santa Barbara); Julius James (Connecticut); Jonathan Leathers (Furman); Rauwshan McKenzie (Michigan State); Ryan Miller (Notre Dame); Brandon Owens (UCLA); Andre
Sherard (North Carolina); Julian Valentin (Wake Forest); Yomby William (Old Dominion); David Worthen (UNC Greensboro); Mike Zaher (UCLA).
Jeremy Barlow (Virginia); Eric Burkholder (Tulsa); Geoff Cameron (Rhode Island); El Hadj Cisse (North Carolina State); Hugh Cronin (North Carolina State); Pavle Dundjer (UIC); Joe
Germanese (Duke); Brian Grazier (Saint Louis); Pat Healy (Towson); Andrew Jacobson (California); George Josten (Gonzaga); Stephen King (Maryland); AJ Kulp (Old Dominion); Peter Lowry (Santa Clara);
Ryan Maduro (Providence); Pat Phelan (Wake Forest); David Roth (Northwestern); Shea Salinas (Furman); Luke Sassano (California); Ben Shuleva (SMU); Dan Stratford (West Virginia); Michael Videira
(Duke); Andy Wright (West Virginia); Cesar Zambrano (UIC);
FORWARDS: Ely Allen (Washington); Xavier Balc (Ohio State); Ryan Cordeiro
(Connecticut); Kevin Forrest (Washington); Joseph Lapira (Notre Dame); Sherron Manswell (Boston College); Lukasz Tumicz (Rhode Island)
adidas MLS Player Combine
Sherron Manswell (Trinidad & Tobago)
Matthew Britner (Canada)
California State Northridge
Julius James (Trinidad & Tobago)
North Carolina State
El Hadj Cisse
Lukasz Tumicz (Poland)
Andy Iro (England)
Pavle Dundjer (Serbia)
Dan Stratford (England)
Andy Wright (England)