Player Combine Underway
The field is set.
Major League Soccer on Thursday unveiled the four rosters featuring all 72 players that will be showcased to MLS coaching staffs during the 2013 MLS Player Combine in Lauderhill, Fla.
All four teams are led by college coaches as well as a representative from the US club soccer scene as they get ready to face three doubleheaders that will be held between Jan. 11-15 at Central Broward Regional Park.
Of the 54 players previously invited back on Dec. 11, three withdrew from the Combine. UCLA's Ryan Hollingshead will miss the event due to previously scheduled travel, Joe Franco of Cal State Northridge is recovering from knee surgery and Louisville's Paolo DelPiccolo declined the invitation.
In addition to the 51 seniors remaining after those changes, six Generation adidas players were added (the seventh, Walker Zimmerman, will not play due to injury) as well as four young international players and midfielder Nico Clavijo, who is currently out of contract.
The youth internationals are: Franco Donado (Colombia), Junior Padilla (Honduras), Stefano Pinho (Brazil) and Kevin Mercado (Ecuador).
The following college seniors were added to lift the player pool to a total of 72: Brian Fekete (University of Tampa), Michael Bustamante (Boston University), Charlie Rugg (Boston College), Dylan Remick (Brown University), Jack Bennett (St. John’s University), Ryan Clark (Monmouth University), Lebogang Moloto (Lindsey Wilson College), Stephen Okai (University of Mobile), Drew Beckie (University of Denver) and Barcelona-born Alex Isern (Winthrop).
Here is how the four teams line up:
Goalkeeper (1): James Belshaw (Duke)
Defenders (5): Taylor Kemp (Maryland), Dylan Remick (Brown), Andrew Farrell (Louisville), Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (Washington), Drew Beckie (Denver);
Midfielders (7): Kyle Bekker (Boston College), Nico Clavijo (unattached), Paul Leston (South Florida), Danchrisandre Delgado (San Diego), Lebogang Moloto (Lindsey Wilson), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame), T.J. Nelson (Southern Methodist);
Forwards (5): Luke Spencer (Xavier), Emery Welshman (Oregon State), Ashton Bennett (Coastal Carolina), Erik Hurtado (Santa Clara), Charlie Rugg (Boston College)
Coaches: John Trask (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Don Gemmell (Texas Rush)
Goalkeepers (2): Scott Goodwin (North Carolina), Brad Stuver (Cleveland State);
Defenders (4): Jimmy Nealis (Georgetown), Jordan Gafa (North Carolina), Brenton Griffiths (South Florida), Stephen Okai (University of Mobile);
Midfielders (7): Andrew Ribeiro (Creighton), Uwem Etuk (West Virginia), Donnie Smith (UNC Charlotte), Ian Christianson (Georgetown), Franco Donado (youth int'l.), Jonathan Mendoza (Stetson), Junior Padilla (youth int'l.);
Forwards (5): Paul Wyatt (James Madison), Deshorn Brown (Central Florida), Devon Sandoval (New Mexico), Yannik Smith (Old Dominion), Fernando Monge (UCLA);
Coaches: Brian Tompkins (Yale) and Jonathon Colton (Bethesda SC)
Goalkeepers (2): Luis Soffner (Indiana), David Meves (Akron);
Defenders (5): Greg Cochrane (Louisville), John Gallagher (Penn State), Tommy Muller (Georgetown), Shaun Foster (Hofstra), Brian Fekete (Tampa);
Midfielders (7): Ryan Clark (Monmouth), Blake Smith (New Mexico), Carlos Alvarez (Connecticut), Jose Gomez (Creighton), Machael David (UC Santa Barbara), Ben Fisk (Washington), Colin Murphy (Boston College);
Forwards (4): Ryan Finley (Notre Dame), Kekuta Manneh (Austin Aztex), Will Bates (Virginia), Eriq Zavaleta (Indiana);
Coaches: Todd Yeagley (Indiana) and Paul O'Brien (Placer United)
Goalkeepers (2): Daniel Withrow (Marshall), Larry Jackson (Santa Clara);
Defenders (5): Jack Bennett (St. John's), Kory Kindle (Cal State Bakersfield), Eric Schoenle (West Virginia), Kofi Opare (Michigan), Danny Wenzel (Wake Forest);
Midfielders (6): Alex Isern (Winthrop), Marc Cintron (Providence), Michael Bustamante (Boston University), John Stertzer (Maryland), Stefano Pinho (youth int'l.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina)
Forwards (5): Jason Johnson (Virginia Commonwealth), Don Anding (Northeastern), Chris Thomas (Elon), Coleton Henning (Furman), Kevin Mercado (youth int'l.)
Coaches: Greg Andrulis (George Mason) and Jon Pearlman (FC Tucson)