List of MLS Combine senior invitees revealed

List of MLS Combine senior invitees revealed

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List of MLS Combine senior invitees revealed


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Major League Soccer has finalized its list of senior players to be invited to the 2011 MLS Combine and the teams in the upcoming NCAA Final Four are well represented.

A total of seven seniors who will take part in this weekend's national semifinals will play in the MLS Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 8-11, where MLS coaches and scouts will evaluate the incoming talent ahead of the 2011 MLS Draft, on January 13th in Baltimore.

SBI has obtained the list of 58 seniors invited to the MLS Combine, a group that includes North Carolina playmaker Michael Farfan and Akron standout Anthony Ampaipitakwon, as well as Michigan striker Justin Meram and Louisville fullback J.T. Murray just to name a few.

The invitees will compete in a series of scrimmages that will also include members of the Generation adidas class (underclassmen) and select players from lower division schools.

Here is the complete list if senior MLS Combine invitees (a list expected to be released officially by MLS later this week):

2011 MLS Combine Senior Invitees 

Eddie Ababio, North Carolina, Defender

Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Akron, Midfielder

Jalil Anibaba, North Carolina, Defender

Jeff Attinnella, South Florida, Goalkeeper

Rich Balchan, Indiana, Midfielder

Jimmy Banks, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Midfielder

Philip Bannister, Loyola (Md.), Forward

Michael Boxall, UCSB, Defender

Matheus Braga, Penn State, Midfielder

Blake Brettschneider, South Carolina, Forward/Midfielder

Jeb Brovsky, Notre Dame, Midfielder

Efrain Burgos, Cal Poly-SLO, Midfielder

Ernesto Carranza, Sacramento State, Forward/Midfielder

Servando Carrasco, California, Midfielder

Billy Cortes, Maryland, Midfielder

Juan Cruz, SMU, Defender

Tommy Drake, Clemson, Midfielder

Bilal Duckett, Notre Dame, Defender

Michael Farfan, North Carolina, Midfielder

Josh Ford, UConn, Goalkeeper

Colin Givens, Michigan State, Defender

Cole Grossman, Duke, Midfielder

Matt Gold, Ohio State, Midfielder

Jason Herrick, Maryland, Forward

Levi Houapeu, UMBC, Forward

Hector Jimenez, California, Midfielder

Greg King, UConn, Midfielder/Defender

Daniel Keat, Dartmouth, Midfielder

Greg Klazura, Notre Dame, Defender

Christopher Korb, Akron, Defender

Tyler Lassiter, North Carolina State, Defender

Brayan Martinez, Seton Hall, Midfielder/Forward

Jimmy Maurer, South Carolina, Goalkeeper

Stephen McCarthy, North Carolina, Midfielder

Dustin McCarty, North Carolina, Midfielder

Ashley McInnes, Tulsa, Forward/Midfielder

Justin Meram, Michigan, Forward

Bryan Meredith, Monmouth, Goalkeeper

J.T. Murray, Louisville, Defender

Jon Okafor, Brown, Midfielder

Demitrius Omphroy, California, Defender

Davis Paul, California, Forward

Steven Perry, Notre Dame, Forward

Lebogang Pila, St. Peter's College, Midfielder

Karl Reddick, Boston College, Midfielder

C.J. Sapong, James Madison, Forward

Indy Smith, UNC-Wilmington, Defender

A.J. Soares, California, Defender

Josue Soto, SMU, Defender

Curtis Ushedo, UAB, Defender

Amani Walker, UC-Urvine, Forward

Bobby Warshaw, Stanford, Midfielder/Defender

Konrad Warzycha, Ohio State, Midfielder

Joe Willis, University of Denver, Goalkeeper


Surprising omissions? Three that come to mind initially are Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo, Michigan State midfielder Spencer Thompson and Monmouth striker Ryan Kinne. It should be noted that players missing from the list could be missing due to injury or could have turned down an invitation to pursue other opportunities.

The group is comprised of players identified by MLS coaches and scouts as potential draft targets.

What do you think of the list? Who is missing from the list that you think should be on it? Who are you happy to see get an invitation? Who is your darkhorse pick to do well?

Share your thoughts below.

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