January 9, 2013
Bennett, Clark to attend MLS combine
Jack Bennett of St. John's and Ryan Clark of Monmouth were added to the MLS player combine, which begins in Lauderhill, Fla. on Friday.
|Jack Bennett of St. John's will be given an opportunity to show off his wares to MLS coaches later this week.
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The combine runs through Monday and is a lead-in to the MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, Jan. 17. The league will held a supplemental draft on Jan. 22.
Bennett started all 42 games in two seasons with the Red Storm and helped lead the team a pair of NCAA Division I tournament appearances, one Big East Tournament title and a 24-12-6 record. A second team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northeast region choice, a first team All-Big East selection and a first team Capital One Academic All-District honoree as a senior, Bennett recorded 11 goals, including eight game-winners, and 10 assists in his career.
He moved from from midfield to defense this past season and scored five goals, three game-winners, and added four assists. In his first season at the Division I level in 2011, Bennett finished with six goals, including five game-winners, and six assists. Named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the 2011 Big East tournament, Bennett scored the golden goal in the final against Connecticut to help give St. John’s its conference-record ninth tournament title.
Clark joined former Hawks Hugh MacDonald, Bryan Meredith, Ryan Kinne and RJ Allen as recent players to participate in the combine.
“We are extremely excited for Ryan,” Monmouth coach Robert McCourt said. “He has had an outstanding career both on the field and in the classroom. Ryan is a fantastic player and a true role model for his teammates. I trust he will do a tremendous job at the MLS combine.”
Clark capped his college career with his third regional selection and fourth All-Northeast Conference honors in 2012. He finished the season with three goals, all game winners, to go along with a team-high six assists. Clark played all over the field this season, moving from midfield to forward and back to the back line. His game-winning goals came against Columbia, Mount St. Mary’s and LIU Brooklyn. In the preseason, Clark was selected to the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.