MLS announces list of college players to participate in 2005 adidas MLS Player Combine

NEW YORK - Major League Soccer today announced the names of 66 college seniors who were selected to participate in the 2005 adidas MLS Player Combine which will be held for the second consecutive year at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California from January 8-11, 2005.

MLS general managers and members of all 12 MLS coaching staffs will be in attendance to scout talent at the event leading up to the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. The adidas MLS Player Combine will take place just a few days before the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, January 14 in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center. Last year a total of 42 players who participated in the Player Combine were eventually selected in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, in which a total of 60 players were drafted.

The field of players was determined by a select panel of Division I college coaches in conjunction with MLS coaches and the consultation of select Division II, Division III and NAIA coaches. A total of 47 colleges are represented, including teams from Division I, Division II, Division III and the NAIA. Six of the eight quarterfinalists in the NCAA College Cup are also represented. The semifinals will be held on Friday, December 10 and Sunday, December 12 at The Home Depot Center and televised on ESPN2.

The University of Maryland has the largest representation with four players while four other schools have three players selected (Southern Methodist University, St. John's University, University of Notre Dame and Wake Forest University).

The list of players for the 2005 adidas MLS Player Combine includes nine of the 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the Player of the Year award for Division I competition. The winner will be determined in voting by NSCAA Division I member coaches and announced in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, January 7.

The 2005 adidas MLS Player Combine will feature doubleheaders at The Home Depot Center on the mornings of January 9, 10 and 11 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. local time. Players will arrive on January 8 and participate in organizational training sessions that same afternoon at The Home Depot Center. The Torrance Marriott (3635 Fashion Way - Torrance, California 90503; TEL: 310-316-3636) will serve as the official headquarters of the adidas MLS Player Combine and the host hotel for players and coaching staffs.

For the second consecutive year, collegiate coaches will be selected to manage the squads during the course of the three-day competition. The names of the coaches and any alternate call-ups will be released at a later date.

What follows are the names of the 66 players selected broken down by position and by school:

ADIDAS MLS PLAYER COMBINE LIST BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (6): Dan Kennedy (UC-Santa Barbara); Jay Nolly (Indiana); John O'Hara (George Mason); Noah Palmer (Maryland); Christopher Sawyer (Notre Dame); T.J. Tomasso (Southern Methodist)

DEFENDERS (23): Stephen Arias (Connecticut); Drew Cavanagh (College of Charleston); Chris Corcoran (St. John's); Dan Gargan (Georgetown); Kevin Goldthwaite (Notre Dame); Ugochukweu Ihemelu (Southern Methodist); Ryan Kelly (St. John's); Craig Klaas (Washington); Cameron Knowles (Akron); Matt Kovar (Loyola Marymount); Jeff Larentower (Brown); Tony Lockhead (UC-Santa Barbara); Aaron Lopez (UCLA); Guy Melamed (Boston College); Tim Merritt (North Carolina); Matt Oliver (Virginia); Aaron Pitchkolan (West Virginia); Nick Pollard (SW Missouri); James Riley (Wake Forest); Troy Roberts (UC-Berkeley); Gonzalo Segares (Virginia Commonwealth); Jack Stewart (Notre Dame); Danny Sullivan (Bowdoin College)

MIDFIELDERS (19): Hans Bevers (New Mexico); Mubarike Chisoni (Coastal Carolina); Michael Enfield (UCLA); Kevon Harris (Old Dominion); Chris Karcz (Rutgers); Thabiso Khumalo (Coastal Carolina); Jeffrey Krause (New Mexico); Luke Kreamaimeyer (Bradley); Doug Lascody (SW Missouri); Amir Lowery (Wake Forest); Domenic Mediate (Maryland); John Minagowa-Webster (Michigan State); Danny O'Rourke (Indiana); Steven Rhyne (Clemson); Ian Rodway (Maryland); Simone Salinno (St. Johns); Jamal Shteiwi (Kentucky); Marcus Storley (North Carolina); Nick Van Sicklen (Wisconsin - Madison)

FORWARDS (18): Knox Cameron (Michigan); Justin Cook (Ohio State); Jamie Holmes (Birmingham Southern); Antouman Jallow (Wisconsin - Milwaukee); Ryan Latham (Southern Methodist); Jerrod Laventure (Seton Hall); Chris Lee (Marquette); Alon Lubezky (Hartford); Julian Nash (Creighton); Orlando Ramirez (Fresno Pacific University); Chris Rolfe (Dayton); Edwin Ruiz (Hartwick); Scott Selay (Wake Forest); Eugene Sepuya (Alabama A & M); Chad Severs (Penn State); Abe Thompson (Maryland); Mychal Turpin (Michigan); Usiel Vasquez (Southern Connecticut)

ADIDAS MLS PLAYER COMBINE LIST BY SCHOOL

University of Akron
DF Cameron Knowles

Alabama A&M
FW Eugene Sepuya

Birmingham Southern
FW Jamie Holmes

Boston College
DF Guy Melamed

Bowdoin College (Division III)
DF Danny Sullivan

Bradley University
MF Luke Kreamaimeyer

Brown University
DF Jeff Larentower

University of California - Berkeley
DF Troy Roberts

University of California - Los Angeles
MF Michael Enfield
DF Aaron Lopez

University of California - Santa Barbara
GK Dan Kennedy
DF Tony Lockhead

Clemson University
MF Steven Rhyne

Coastal Carolina University
MF Mubarike Chisoni
MF Thabiso Khumalo

College of Charleston
DF Drew Cavanagh

University of Connecticut
DF Stephen Arias

Creighton University
FW Julian Nash

Dayton University
FW Chris Rolfe

Fresno Pacific University (NAIA)
FW Orlando Ramirez

George Mason
GK John O'Hara

Georgetown
DF Dan Gargan

University of Hartford
FW Alon Lubezky

Hartwick University
FW Edwin Ruiz

Indiana University
GK Jay Nolly
MF Danny O'Rourke

University of Kentucky
MF Jamal Shteiwi

Loyola Marymount University
DF Matt Kovar

Marquette
FW Chris Lee

University of Maryland
GK Noah Palmer
MF Ian Rodway
MF Domenic Mediate
FW Abe Thompson

University of Michigan
FW Mychal Turpin
FW Knox Cameron

Michigan State University
MF John Minagowa-Webster

University of New Mexico
MF Jeffrey Krause
MF Hans Bevers

University of North Carolina
MF Marcus Storley
DF Tim Merritt

University of Notre Dame
GK Christopher Sawyer
DF Jack Stewart
DF Kevin Goldthwaite

Ohio State
FW Justin Cook

Old Dominion
MF Kevon Harris

Penn State University
FW Chad Severs

Rutgers University
MF Chris Karcz

Seton Hall University
FW Jerrod Laventure

Southern Connecticut State University (Division II)
FW Usiel Vasquez

Southern Methodist University
GK T.J. Tomasso
DF Ugochukweu Ihemelu
FW Ryan Latham

Southwest Missouri State University
MF Doug Lascody
DF Nick Pollard

St. John's University
MF Simone Salinno
DF Chris Corcoran
DF Ryan Kelly

University of Virginia
DF Matt Oliver

Virginia Commonwealth University
DF Gonzalo Segares

Wake Forest University
MF Amir Lowery
DF James Riley
FW Scott Selay

University of Washington
DF Craig Klaas

University of West Virginia
DF Aaron Pitchkolan

University of Wisconsin - Madison
MF Nick Van Sicklen

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
FW Antouman Jallow