The last day of the 2018 adidas Player Combine started out with healthy dose of drama, with Team X overcoming a 2-0 deficit and a Video Review that went against them to earn a 2-2 draw against Team Predator.
Highly-rated senior signing Jon Bakero (Wake Forest) kicked off the scoring from close range off a layoff from Manuel Cordeiro (Akron) to hand Predator a 1-0 lead heading into the break.
Justin Fiddes (Washington) doubled Predator's advantage early in the second half when he snuck behind a defender to finish a cross from Xavier Gomez (Omaha). Mamadou Guirassy (NJIT) sparked Team X's comeback though, pulling one back off a near-post diving header from an inch-perfect cross by Paul Marie (Florida International.
Guirassy may have had the equalizer four minutes from time, but his shot from his solo effort struck teammate Francis Atuahene (Michigan) in an offiside position and the goal was ruled out after Video Review. Atuahene would atone for his error by netting the tying goal in stoppage time, using his left foot to control a beautiful chipped pass from Brian Iloski (UCLA) before finishing from a tight angle with his right.
The final match of Combine, which will feature potential No. 1 picks including Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford) and Joao Moutinho (Akron) will kick off at 12 pm ET as Team Tango takes on Team Nemeziz.
Team X (White)
|17||GK||Ben Lundgaard||Virginia Tech|
|21||M||Pol Calvet Planellas||Pittsburgh|
|25||M/D||Paul Marie||Florida International|
|38||F||Frandtzy Pierrot||Coastal Carolina|
Team Predator (Red)
|61||M||Rafael Andrade Santos||VCU|
|66||F||Jon Bakero||Wake Forest
|71||F||Jordan Jones||Oregon St.|
|75||F||Albert Ruiz||Florida Gulf Coast|
|76||F||Leon Schwarzer||San Francisco|