MLS announces combine invites, two from SMU on list

Major League Soccer announced the initial list of 52 college seniors from 31 Division I schools who have been invited to participate in the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine. The annual player combine will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 6-10, and is closed to the public.

The initial player list was determined by a panel of Division I college coaches, representing all conferences, who nominated and voted for players in conjunction with MLS coaches. These players will be joined by Generation adidas players, international invitees, additional collegiate players from NCAA Division II and III schools, NAIA schools, and Division I alternates.

The final player list of approximately 66 athletes, as well as additional Combine coaches and team assignments, will be announced at a later date.

2012 adidas MLS Player Combine List by Position

GOALKEEPERS (4): Brian Rowe (UCLA); Chris Blais (University of South Florida); Jhojan Obando (Providence); Ryan Meara (Fordham).

DEFENDERS (16): Aaron Maund (Notre Dame); Andrew Duran (Creighton); Aubrey Perry (University of South Florida); Austin Berry (Louisville); Charles Rodriguez (UNC Charlotte); Chris Estridge (Indiana); Diogo de Almeida (SMU); Hunter Jumper (Virginia); James Kiffe (UC Santa Barbara); Justin Chavez (Tulsa); Matt Hedges (UNC); Mykell Bates (Santa Clara University); Nick Blake (UConn); Pat Sigler (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo); Shawn Singh (UCLA); Tommy Meyer (Indiana).

MIDFIELDERS (19): Alec Purdie (Indiana); Andy Rose (UCLA); Arthur Ivo (SMU); Brendan King (Notre Dame); Calum Mallace (Marquette); Christian Barreiro (UPenn); Eder Arreola (UCLA); Greg Jordan (Creighton); Kenney Walker (Louisville); Kevan George (UCF); Kirk Urso (UNC); Lance Rozenboom (New Mexico); Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara); Michael Green (New Mexico); Miguel Ibarra (UC Irvine); Nick DeLeon (Louisville); Rafael Garcia (Cal State Northridge); Tony Walls (University of Wisconsin – Green Bay); Warren Creavalle (UCF).

FORWARDS (13): Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton); Billy Schuler (UNC); Brian Ownby (Virginia); Bryan Gaul (Bradley); Casey Townsend (Maryland); Colin Rolfe (Louisville); Ethan Finlay (Creighton); Evan James (UNC Charlotte); Evans Frimpong (Delaware); Karo Okiomah (High Point); Luckymore Mkosana (Dartmouth); Luke Holmes (Akron); Tony Cascio (UConn).

2012 adidas MLS Player Combine List by School

University of Akron

Luke Holmes

Bradley University

Bryan Gaul

California Polytechnic State University

Pat Sigler

California State University, Northridge

Rafael Garcia

University of California, Irvine

Miguel Ibarra

University of California, Los Angeles

Eder Arreola

Andy Rose

Brian Rowe

Shawn Singh

University of California, Santa Barbara

James Kiffe

Luis Silva

University of Central Florida

Warren Creavalle

Kevan George

University of Connecticut

Nick Blake

Tony Cascio

Creighton University

Andrew Duran

Greg Jordan

Ethan Finlay

Dartmouth College

Luckymore Mkosana

University of Delaware

Evans Frimpong

Fordham University

Ryan Meara

High Point University

Karo Okiomah

Indiana University

Chris Estridge

Tommy Meyer

Alec Purdie

University of Louisville

Austin Berry

Nick DeLeon

Colin Rolfe

Kenney Walker

Marquette University

Calum Mallace

University of Maryland

Casey Townsend

University of New Mexico

Michael Green

Lance Rozenboom

University of North Carolina

Matt Hedges

Billy Schuler

Kirk Urso

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Evan James

Charles Rodriguez

University of Notre Dame

Brendan King

Aaron Maund

University of Pennsylvania

Christian Barreiro

Princeton University

Antoine Hoppenot

Providence College

Jhojan Obando

Santa Clara University

Mykell Bates

Southern Methodist University

Diogo de Almeida

Arthur Ivo

University of South Florida

Chris Blais

Aubrey Perry

Tulsa University

Justin Chavez

University of Virginia

Hunter Jumper

Brian Ownby

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Tony Walls