League releases initial list of 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine invitees

Major League Soccer announced on Friday 59 NCAA Division I college players who have been invited to participate in the 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine. Top collegiate players from across the country will showcase their talents in front of representatives from all 20 MLS clubs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jan. 7-12, 2016.

All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2016 SuperDraft, presented by adidas, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 14, in Baltimore.

A committee of MLS coaches and NCAA Division I coaches from every conference selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Additional invitees, including: Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players and more college seniors, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Headlining this year’s invitees are six semifinalists for the 2015 Men’s MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the nation's top player. A pair of Clemson University teammates – Paul Clowes (ACC Midfielder of the Year) and Kyle Fisher (ACC Defender of the Year) – approach the Combine with accolades already in hand and will look to wrap up their collegiate careers with a national championship in this weekend's College Cup.

Still vying for a first title is Stanford’s Brandon Vincent. The defender was dominant in Pac-12 play this season, earning conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and All-Pac-12 First Team honors. Creighton’s Timo Pitter won back-to-back BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year awards in 2014 and 2015 and finished his career ranked among the school’s top 10 in goals (33) and points (87). UNC’s Jonathan Campbell anchored the Tar Heels’ back line this season, starting all 19 games for a defense that yielded the second fewest goals in the ACC. Forward Brandon Allen enters the combine after securing his spot as Georgetown’s all-time leader in goals (50) and earning a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST selection.

A mix of collegiate soccer head coaches and MLS academy personnel will make up the Combine coaching staff: Columbia University head coach Kevin Anderson, George Mason University head coach Greg Andrulis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach Kris Kelderman and Akron University head coach Jared Embick will serve as the head coaches for the four combine teams. The assistant coaches will be announced at a later date.

2016 adidas MLS Player Combine
NCAA Division I College Invitees

Combine Invitees
Name School Position Hometown/Citizenship Bio
Brandon Allen Georgetown F Old Bridge, NJ; USA BIO
Emmanuel Appiah Cincinnati M Westerville, OH; USA BIO
Duncan Backus UCSB D Higland Village, TX; USA BIO
Hadji Barry UCF M Rochester, NY; USA BIO
Justin Bilyeu SIU-Edwardsville D St. Louis, MO; USA BIO
Colin Bonner UNC Wilmington F Fulton, MD; USA BIO
Bradley Bourgeois Tulsa D Cypress, TX; USA BIO
Neco Brett Robert Morris F Kingston, Jamaica; Jamaica BIO
Jonathan Campbell North Carolina D Greensboro, NC; USA BIO
Zach Carroll Michigan State D Grand Blanc, MI; USA BIO
Robert 'T.J.' Casner Clemson F Irvine, CA; USA BIO
Dennis Castillo VCU D San Jose, Costa Rica; Costa Rica BIO
Paul Clowes Clemson M Cheshire, UK; UK BIO
Tyler David Saint Louis M/D Minneapolis, MN; USA BIO
Mikhail Doholis Oregon State M Vancouver, WA; USA BIO
Liam Doyle Ohio State D Isle of Man, UK; UK BIO
Tsubasa Endoh Maryland M Tokyo, Japan; Japan BIO
Kyle Fisher Clemson D Easley, SC; USA BIO
Michael Gamble Wake Forest F Columbia, MD; USA BIO
Wade Hamilton Cal Poly GK Murrieta, CA; USA BIO
Josh Heard Washington M Victoria, BC; Canada BIO
Ryan Herman Washington GK Fall City, WA; USA BIO
Brendan Hines-Ike South Florida D Denver, CO; USA BIO
Patrick Hodan Notre Dame M Brookfield, WI; USA BIO
Femi Hollinger-Janzen Indiana F Goshen, IN; USA BIO
Callum Irving Kentucky GK Vancouver, BC; Canada BIO
Ryan James Bowling Green M Mississauga, ON; Canada BIO
Vincent Keller Creighton D/M Freiburg, Germany; Germany BIO
Max Lachowecki Notre Dame D Evansville, IN; USA BIO
Sven Lissek Furman GK Sewau, Germany; Germany BIO
Jamie Luchini Lehigh F Wexford, PA; USA BIO
Mitchell Lurie Rutgers D Atlanta, GA; USA BIO
Darius Madison UMBC F Philadelphia, PA; USA BIO
Ivan Magalhaes Maryland D Sao Paulo, Brazil; Brazil BIO
Antonio Matarazzo Columbia M Fair Lawn, NJ; Italy BIO
Zach Mathers Duke M Keller, TX; USA BIO
Jordan McCrary North Carolina D Marietta, GA; USA BIO
Chase Minter Cal Poly M Heath, TX; USA BIO
Vincent Mitchell Butler M Reckford Clarendon, Jamaica; Jamaica BIO
James Moberg Washington M Windsor, CA; USA BIO
James 'C.' Nortey Marquette F Accra, Ghana; Ghana BIO
Kyle Parker Charlotte F Marvin, NC; USA BIO
Timo Pitter Creighton M/F Oberschwarzach, Germany; Germany BIO
Ben Polk Syracuse F Herkimer, NY; USA BIO
Keegan Rosenberry Georgetown D Ronks, PA; USA BIO
Michael Salazar UC Riverside F Cayo, Belize; USA/Belize BIO
Thomas Sanner Princeton F Indianapolis, IN; USA BIO
Rodrigo Saravia Florida Gulf Coast M Guatemala City, Guatemala; Guatemala BIO
Jordan Schweitzer Denver M Everett, WA; USA BIO
Cole Seiler Georgetown D Anderson, SC; USA BIO
Keegan Smith San Diego F Temecula, CA; USA BIO
Andrew Souders Akron D Amherst, OH; USA BIO
Connor Sparrow Creighton GK St. Louis, MO; USA BIO
Mitchell Taintor Rutgers M Storrs, CT; USA BIO
Tyler Thompson Stanford M Sacramento, CA; USA BIO
Josh Turnley Georgetown D Beaver, PA; USA BIO
Eric Verso Stanford M Los Angeles, CA; USA BIO
Brandon Vincent Stanford D Valencia, CA; USA BIO
Todd Wharton Virginia M Glen Allen, VA; USA BIO