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Top players arrive in Florida for 2019 adidas MLS Combine

Complete Media Information: Daily schedules, Player bios and Combine rosters, Key event details  
MLS announces Generation adidas signings, Caribbean Combine MVP to participate in Combine
 
NEW YORK (Friday, January 4, 2019) – Major League Soccer today welcomes the top collegiate, youth and international players to Florida, as more than 70 talented young stars look to impress MLS coaches and team officials at the 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine at Orlando City Stadium. The players will undergo medicals and performance testing before lining up to compete in the Combine matches.
 
From Generation adidas signees and NCAA National Champions, participants will be turning heads over three days of competition as they anxiously await their potential selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas at 1 p.m. ET on January 11 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
 
Full details are below for media covering the Combine and SuperDraft onsite and from afar.
 
MLS also announced the signing of seven standouts to the 2019 Generation adidas class -  
 
2019 MLS Generation adidas Class
Name                            School              Position
Frankie Amaya              UCLA                MD
Tajon Buchanan            Syracuse          MD
Griffin Dorsey               Indiana              MD
Siad Haji                       VCU                 MD
John Nelson                  UNC                 DF
Dayne St. Clair              Maryland           GK
JJ Williams                    Kentucky          FW
 
Also joining the Combine is 2019 Caribbean Combine MVP Peter-Lee Vassell, a midfielder from Jamaica who has played for Jamaica’s National Team. MLS also announced University of Denver forward Andre Shinyashiki has been signed to a senior contract with Major League Soccer.
 
The full list of Combine invitees can be found here.
 
The 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine will feature top collegiate players from across the country showcasing their talents in front of representatives from all 24 MLS clubs and future MLS expansion sides Nashville and Miami.  All matches will be played on the game field at Orlando City Stadium, home of Orlando City SC, from January 5-9.
 
The invited players have been divided into four teams: Team Copa, Team X, Team Predator and Team Nemeziz.
  • CLICK HERE for the individual team rosters.
  • CLICK HERE for the 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine Guide, including player bios, event information and schedule
All games will be open to the public (free admission, no ticket required) with gates opening for both fans and media one hour before the start of the day’s first match. For fans following from afar, all four Combine matches will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com and the MLS YouTube Channel.
 
2019 adidas MLS Player Combine Game Schedule 
Saturday, Jan. 5
Team Copa vs. Team Nemeziz
12:30 p.m. ET
Team Predator vs. Team X
2:45 p.m. ET
 
 
 
Monday, Jan. 7
Training sessions / small-sided games
12 - 5 p.m. ET
No stream for small-sided games
 
 
 
Wednesday, Jan. 9
Match #1
10 a.m. ET
Stream info. to come
Match #2
12:15 p.m. ET
Stream info. to come
 
 
CREDENTIALS & MEDIA ENTRANCE
Media Credential pick-up for the 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine will be available at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes on Friday, January 4. On game days, media credential pick-up will be available at the Orlando City Stadium Media Gate. Media gates will open one hour before the start of the day’s first match.
 
For all credential questions or late credential requests, please contact Paul.Ochoa@MLSsoccer.com
 
Credential pick-up hours:
Date
Time
Location
Friday, January 4
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.;  
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes – Ritz Ballroom Lobby
Saturday, January 5
10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Orlando City Stadium (Media Gate)
Monday, January 7
10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Orlando City Stadium (Media Gate)
Wednesday, January 9      
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Orlando City Stadium (Media Gate)
 
 
CREDENTIALED MEDIA SEATING
The Press Box will be open to credentialed media during all six games at Orlando City Stadium. Media members may sit in the Press Box (seating is first come, first served) or in Section 20 of the stands.
 
Press Box Hours:
Game Date
Time
Saturday, January 5    
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, January 7 
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
 
POSTGAME MIXED ZONE
Following each match, players will be available for media interviews in the mixed zone, which is located next to the Press Conference Room.
 
Coaches and technical staff will be available throughout the day to media upon request.
 
MEDIA PARKING
Parking for media members will be available at Lot A at Orlando City Stadium on game days. CLICK HERE for a map of the parking areas. A parking pass is required for entry.
 
MLS COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT
For any additional questions regarding the 2019 adidas MLS Player Combine, please contact Paul.Ochoa@MLSsoccer.com
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