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MLS releases initial 59-player list for 2016 MLS Combine


A select group of college players have been invited to have the chance to prove themselves at the 2016 MLS Combine.

MLS announced on Friday that 59 players comprise the initial invite list for the 2016 MLS Combine, which is set to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from Jan. 7-12. The players, all of whom have completed their college eligibility, were selected by a committee of MLS coaches and NCAA Division I coaches.

The field features eight players set to participate in the upcoming College Cup, which will see Syracuse take on Clemson while Stanford takes on Akron. In addition, the invite list is comprised of six MAC Herman Trophy semifinalists, including Clemson’s Paul Clowes and Kyle Fisher, Stanford’s Brandon Vincent, and Georgetown and New York Red Bull Academy product Brandon Allen.

Here’s a closer look at the full invite list for the upcoming MLS Combine:

Brandon Allen – Georgetown University

Emmanuel Appiah – University of Cincinnati

Duncan Backus – UC Santa Barbara

Hadji Barry – University of Central Florida

Justin Bilyeu – SIU-Edwardsville

Colin Bonner – UNC Wilmington

Bradley Bourgeois – University of Tulsa

Neco Brett – Robert Morris University

Jonathan Campbell – UNC Chapel Hill

Zach Carroll – Michigan State

Robert Casner – Clemson

Dennis Castillo – Virginia Commonwealth University

Paul Clowes – Clemson

Tyler David – St. Louis

Mikhail Doholis – Oregon State

Liam Doyle – Ohio State

Tsubasa Endoh- Maryland

Kyle Fisher – Clemson

Michael Gamble – Wake Forest

Wade Hamilton – Cal Poly

Josh Heard – Washington

Ryan Herman – Washington

Brendan Hines-Ike – South FLorida

Patrick Hodan – Notre Dame

Femi Hollinger-Janzen – Indiana

Callum Irving – Kentucky

Ryan James – Bowling Green

Vincent Keller – Creighton

Max Lachowecki – Notre Dame

Sven Lissek – Furman

James Luchini – Lehigh

Mitchell Lurie – Rutgers

Daris Madison – UMBC

Ivan Magalhaes – Maryland

Antonio Matarazzo – Columbia

Zach Mathers – Duke

Jordan McCrary – UNC Chapel Hill

Chase Minter- Cal Poly

Vincent Mitchell – Butler

James Moberg – Washington

James Nortey – Marquette

Kyle Parker – Charlotte

Timo Pitter – Creighton

Ben Polk – Syracuse

Keegan Rosenberry – Georgetown

Michael Salazar – UC Riverside

Thomas Sanner – Princeton

Rodrigo Saravia – Florida Gulf Coast

Jordan Schweitzer – Denver

Cole Seiler – Georgetown

Keegan Smith – San Diego

Andrew Souders – Akron

Connor Sparrow – Creighton

Mitchell Taintor – Rutgers

Tyler Thompson – Stanford

Josh Turnley – Georgetown

Eric Verso – Stanford

Brandon Vincent – Stanford

Todd Wharton – Virginia


  1. Here are today’s challenge questions, designed to elicit your views about the value of collegiate soccer: (1) How many of these 59 players will sign with an MLS team, whether or not they are selected in the draft? (2) How many of these 59 players will actually make it onto the 28-man roster of an MLS team? (3) How many of these 59 players will play at least 100 minutes for an MLS team?

    • Funny – i played with his older brothers in Fair Lawn. He always seemed like the brother who wasn’t going to be a good player. ironically he might be the best of the bunch (though rino did play professionally in germany for several years)


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