December 11, 2012
54 College Seniors Invited
NEW YORK ---Two MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists, 15 All-Americans and eight Menís College Cup Final Four participants are among the players that will take the field in Fort Lauderdale from January 11-15 for the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine.
All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2013 SuperDraft presented by adidas that will take place on January 17 in Indianapolis (12 p.m. ET).
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.
Ryan Finley and Jose Gomez, two of the three Missouri Athletic Clubís (MAC) Hermann Trophy finalists, are among those looking to impress the 19 MLS clubs.
Despite coming off the bench in every match throughout his senior season, Finley, a forward for Notre Dame, tallied 21 goals, including six multiple-goal games, and earned the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year award.
Gomez, a creative attacking midfielder from Creighton, claimed one of three finalist spots after being overlooked in the preliminary MAC Hermann Trophy watch list at the start of the season. The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year started every game for the Bluejays in 2012, leading the team to the Menís College Cup semifinal.
The Division I Menís All-America teams will again be well represented at the MLS Combine. Fifteen of the invited seniors were named to All-America teams: five First Team selections, five Second Team selections and five Third Team selections. Three of those 15 players, Ashton Bennett (Coastal Carolina, forward), Carlos Alvarez (Connecticut, midfielder) and John Stertzer (Maryland, midfielder) are repeat All-Americans.
Eight players that participated in the 2012 Menís College Cup Final Four this past weekend are among the Combine invited player list: two players from Creighton (Jose Gomez, Andrew Ribeiro), three from Georgetown (Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis, Ian Christianson), two from Maryland (Taylor Kemp, John Stertzer) and one for the 2012 Menís College Cup Champion Indiana University (Luis Soffner).