MLS invites initial group of 60 players to 2018 Combine

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday the initial list of 60 NCAA Division I college players invited to participate at the 2018 MLS adidas Player Combine in Orlando.

The league will hold its annual combine from Jan. 11-17 at Orlando City Stadium, with representatives from all 23 MLS clubs scouting the top college prospects ahead of the Jan. 19 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia.  

A committee of MLS coaches and NCAA D1 coaches from every conference selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Further invitees, including Generation adidas signings and non-college players, will be announced in coming weeks.

2017 MAC Hermann Trophy finalists Wake Forest forward Jon Bakero and Stanford defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce headline the list of invitees, who will be coached at the Combine by a mix of college soccer head coaches and MLS academy personnel.

2018 MLS Combine Invitees

Player School POS Hometown Citizen
Acuna, Marcelo Virginia Tech F San Jose, Costa Rica CRC
Aguilar, Pablo Virginia M Guatemala City, Guatemala GUA/USA
Andrade Santos, Rafael VCU M/F Rio de Janiero, Brazil BRA
Bagrou, Will Mercer F Dacula, GA USA
Bakero, Jon Wake Forest F Sitges, Spain SPA
Belana, Pau Akron M Barcelona, Spain SPA
Blackmon, Tristan Pacific D Las Vegas, NV USA
Bosua, Arthur Columbia F Johannesburg, South Africa SA
Brown, Cory Xavier D Nelson, New Zealand NZ
Bye, Brandon Western Michigan D/F Portage, MI USA
Caldwell, Jeff Virginia GK Todd, NC USA
Calvet Planellas, Pol Pittsburgh D Barcelona, Spain SPA
Campbell, George Maryland D Baltimore, MD USA
Christensen, Paul Portland GK Woodinville, WA USA
Cooksley, Harry St. John's M/F London, England UK
Cordeiro, Manuel Akron M Porto, Portugal POR
DeVera, Niko Akron D Camas, WA USA
Dick, Eric Butler GK Carmel, IN USA
Fiddes, Justin Washington D San Diego, CA USA
Fjortoft, Markus Duke D Asker, Norway NOR
Gainford, Sam Akron F Liverpool, England UK
Gallagher, Jon Notre Dame F Dundalk, Ireland IRL
Godoy, Giovanni UC Irvine F Watsonville, CA USA
Guirassy, Mamadou NJIT F Paris, France FRA/USA
Hilliard-Arce, Tomas Stanford D Matthews, NC USA
Iloski, Brian UCLA M Escondido, CA USA
Jones, Jordan Oregon State F Pacific Grove, CA USA
Krolicki, Ken Michigan State M Plymouth, MI USA/JPN
Kubel, Tim Louisville D/M Stuttgart, Germany GER
Lema, Chris Georgetown M Ridgefield, NJ USA
Lopez-Espin, Ricky Creighton F Miami, FL USA
Lundgaard, Ben Virginia Tech GK Greenville, DE USA
Manley, Carter Duke D Elkridge, MD USA
Marie, Paul FIU D Saint-Aubin-des-Bois, France FRA/USA
Morrison, Andre Hartford D Clarendon, Jamaica JAM
Mueller, Chris Wisconsin F Schaumburg, IL USA
Musovski, Danny UNLV F Henderson, NV USA
Nelson, Michael SMU GK Katy, TX USA
Omsberg, Wyatt Dartmouth D Scarborough, ME USA
Paterson, AJ Wright State M Key Largo, FL USA
Pierrot, Frantzdy Coastal Carolina F Boston, MA USA
Pinheiro, Afonso Albany F Sao Paulo, Brazil BRA
Pyysalo, Matias UCF M/F Helsinki, Finland FIN
Roldan, Alex Seattle M Pico Rivera, CA USA/ES
Rozhansky, Jake Maryland M Germantown, MD USA
Ruiz, Albert FGCU F Barcelona, Spain SPA
Sanchez, Rafael Saint Mary's D/M Selah, WA USA
Schwarzer, Leon San Francisco M Munster, Germany GER
Segbers, Mark Wisconsin D/F St. Louis, MO USA
Shannon, Oliver Clemson M Liverpool, England UK
Shultz, Nate Akron D Mayfield, OH USA
Skundrich, Drew Stanford M Lancaster, PA USA
Smith, Graham Denver M Highlands Ranch, CO USA
Stauffer, Lucas Creighton D Owensboro, KY USA
Steeves, Mac Providence F Needham, MA USA
Thiaw, Mohamed Louisville F Lexington, KY USA
White, Brian Duke M/F Flemington, NJ USA
White, Ben Gonzaga D Tigard, OR USA
Winn, Alan UNC F Garland, TX USA
Wright, Jason Clemson F Kingston, Jamaica JAM

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