December 15, 2012
Hofstra's Foster invited to MLS player combine
Hofstra defender Shaun Foster has been invited to participate in the 2013 Major League Soccer player combine.
Foster was one of 54 NCAA Division I seniors invited to the combine, which makes him eligible for the 2013 SuperDraft on Jan. 17 in Indianapolis. The combine will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from Jan. 11-15.
A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players, and additional college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks.
The announcement was another milestone for Foster, who became only the third player in Hofstra history to be named to an All-America team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Should he make the roster of one of the 19 MLS clubs, he would become the second Pride player to see action in the league. Gary Flood played for the New England Revolution.
Foster, who also played for the Jersey Express in the Premier Development League, was one of 11 defenders nationally who were named to the NSCAA Division I All-America teams. The Southport, England native was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Award and joined New Mexico's Kyle Venter, Maryland's London Woodberry and Sacred Heart's Marcello Castro as defenders on the third team.
Before earning All-America status, Foster was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I All-Star team after leading Hofstra to an 11-6-4 record and a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game.
In November, Foster was named one of 34 finalists for the Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year.
A junior who has exhausted his NCAA eligibility, Foster was the CAA's co-defensive player of the year recipient, making him the league's first three-time winner of the defensive award. He was also named to the league's all first-team in 2012. Foster was a key part of a Hofstra defensive unit that allowed 21 goals in 19 contests and posted seven shutouts, including four in CAA play. He contributed two goals (both game-winners) and an assist.