MLS extends 2013 Combine invite to 54 college players

It’s an East Coast-heavy MLS Combine scheduled for January, with players from the ACC and Big East dominating the 54-strong list of seniors scheduled to take part, which was unveiled by MLS on Tuesday.

NCAA College Cup runners-up Georgetown are well represented, with three players scheduled for the event which takes place Jan. 11-15. Midfielder Ian Christianson will be joined by defenders Tommy Muller and Jimmy Nealis.

Indiana University, who topped the Hoyas for the title, have just one representative in goalkeeper Luis Soffner.

The highest-profile names are the Big East trio of Dillon Powers and Ryan Finley (Notre Dame), and UConn’s Carlos Alvarez. All three are expected to be first-round picks, as is Maryland’s John Stertzer.

Below is the initial list. Generation adidas signees as well as several overseas talents will be added to the final Combine group:

Name Position School
Carlos Alvarez Midfielder Connecticut
Don Anding Forward Northeastern
Will Bates Forward Virginia
Kyle Bekker Midfielder Boston College
James Belshaw Goalkeeper Duke
Ashton Bennett Forward Coastal Carolina
Ian Christianson Midfielder Georgetown
Marc Cintron Midfielder Providence
Greg Cochrane Defender/ Midfielder Louisville
Machael David Midfielder UC Santa Barbara
Danchrisandre Delgado Midfielder San Diego
Paolo DelPiccolo Midfielder Louisville
Uwem Etuk Midfielder/Forward West Virginia
Ryan Finley Forward Notre Dame
Ben Fisk Midfielder Washington
Shaun Foster Defender Hofstra
Joe Franco Defender CSUN
Jordan Gafa Defender North Carolina
John Gallagher Defender Penn State
Jose Gomez Midfielder Creighton
Scott Goodwin Goalkeeper North Carolina
Brenton Griffiths Defender USF
Coleton Henning Midfielder/Forward Furman
Ryan Hollingshead Midfielder UCLA
Erik Hurtado Forward SCU
Larry Jackson Goalkeeper SCU
Taylor Kemp Defender/Midfielder Maryland
Korey Kindle Defender/Midfielder Bakersfield
Jonathan Mendoza Midfielder Stetson
David Meves Goalkeeper Akron
Fernando Monge Midfielder UCLA
Tommy Muller Defender Georgetown
Colin Murphy Midfielder Boston College
Jimmy Nealis Defender/Midfielder Georgetown
Tommy (T.J.) Nelson Midfielder SMU
Kofi Opare Defender Michigan
Leston Paul Midfielder USF
Dillon Powers Midfielder Notre Dame
Andrew Ribeiro Defender/Midfielder Creighton
Devon Sandoval Forward New Mexico
Eric Schoenle Defender West Virginia
Donald Smith Midfielder Charlotte
Blake Smith Midfielder/Forward New Mexico
Yannik Smith Forward Old Dominion
Luis Soffner Goalkeeper Indiana
Luke Spencer Forward Xavier
John Stertzer Midfielder Maryland
Brad Stuver Goalkeeper Cleveland State
Chris Thomas Forward Elon
Dylan Tucker-Gangnes Defender Washington
Emery Welshman Forward Oregon State
Danny Wenzel Defender Wake Forest
Daniel Withrow Goalkeeper Marshall
Paul Wyatt Midfielder/Forward James Madison