Combine: Winners and losers after Matchday 2
With every matchday of the 2012 MLS Player Combine, MLSsoccer.com's draft experts highlight the players who helped and hurt their stock heading into the SuperDraft on Thursday, Jan. 12 (noon ET, ESPN2 and ESPN3). Simon Borg, Jason Saghini and Travis Clark select their movers after Matchday 2 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:
Borg: Japanese midfielder Kohei Yamada may have passed Generation adidas midfielder Enzo Martinez as the most influential playmaker at the Combine, pulling the strings with personality for his adiPure team in a dominant 4-2 win.
Saghini: Hunter Jumper is already one of the top left backs in the draft class. His solid play combined with Tyler Polak's struggles have ensured he'll be the first one off the board.
Clark: A late invite to the combine, UAB’s Babayele Sodade is one of the fastest players here in Florida. He did well to finish a great ball from strike partner Darren Mattocks, and showed decent technical ability throughout his shift.
Borg: Tony Cascio is a player many believe to be a Top 10 pick in the SuperDraft but the UConn forward/midfielder didn't look like one on Sunday. He failed to impact the match, struggled to combine with teammates and found it hard to beat opposing defenders 1-on-1.
Saghini: There were high hopes for Bradley's Bryan Gaul coming into the Combine, but seeing him moved to centerback in his team's second match makes me worry for his future as a forward in MLS. Haven't seen him exhibit the target forward qualities expected for a guy of his size.
Clark: Fullback Chris Estridge has yet to show the form and skills that landed him a spot as a 1st Team All-American after his senior year at Indiana. While he can play well both in defense and attack, he’s yet to hit his stride at this year’s Combine.