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MLS announces teams, roster changes for 2016 MLS Combine

PC16_LOGO_LTBGWith the 2016 MLS Player Combine drawing nearer, the league announced the final roster and team placement for the aspiring pros.

Five players have been taken off the initial roster that was released in early December: Brandon Allen (Georgetown), Bradley Bourgeois (Tulsa), Brendan Hines-Ike (South Florida), Jordan Schweitzer (Denver) and Andrew Souders (Akron).

Those players have been replaced by six new additions: Tony Alfaro (Cal State-Dominguez Hills), Connor Klekota (Notre Dame), Alex Morrell (North Florida), Norberto Ochoa (UC-Riverside), Miguel Salazar (Elon) and Taylor Washington (George Mason).

The final roster has been divided into four teams of 15, and will take part in three doubleheaders between Jan. 8 and Jan. 12.

Here’s a closer look at the four teams for the upcoming MLS Combine:


Head Coach: Greg Andrulis (George Mason); Asst. Coach: Junior Gonzalez (Seattle Sounders)

Duncan Backus – UCSB

Justin Bilyeu – SIU-Edwardsville

Jonathan Campbell – North Carolina

Zach Carroll – Michigan State

Robert T.J. Casner – Clemson

Tsubasa Endoh – Maryland

Josh Heard – Washington

Callum Irving – Kentucky

Darius Madison – UMBC

Zach Mathers – Duke

James C. Nortey – Marquette

Keegan Rosenberry – Georgetown

Tyler Thompson – Standord

Taylor Washington – George Mason

Todd Wharton – Virginia


Head Coach: Kris Kelderman (Wisconsin-Milwaukee); Asst. Coach: Jeff Baicher (DeAnza Force)

Neco Brett – Robert Morris

Paul Clowes – Clemson

Liam Doyle – Ohio State

Kyle Fisher – Clemson

Ryan Herman – Washington

Patrick Hodan – Notre Dame

Femi Hollinger-Janzen – Indiana

Connor Klekota – Notre Dame

Max Lachowecki – Notre Dame

Jordan McCrary – North Carolina

Chase Minter – Cal Poly

Kyle Parker – Charlotte

Michael Salazar – UC Riverside

Cole Seiler – Georgetown

Keegan Smith – San Diego


Head Coach: Kevin Anderson (Columbia); Asst. Coach: Bryan Scales (New England Revolution)

Tony Alfaro – Cal State – Dominguez Hills

Hadji Barry – UCF

Colin Bonner – UNC Wilmington

Tyler David – Saint Louis

Ryan James – Bowling Green

James Luchini – Lehigh

Mitchell Lurie – Rutgers

Antonio Matarazzo – Columbia

Alex Morrell – North Florida

Timo Pitter – Creighton

Thomas Sanner – Princeton

Rodrigo Saravia – Florida Gulf Coast

Connor Sparrow – Creighton

Josh Turnley – Georgetown

Eric Verso – Stanford


Head Coach: Jared Embick (Akron); Asst. Coach: Larry Sunderland (Portland Timbers)

Emmanuel Appiah – Cincinnati

Dennis Castillo – VCU

Mikhail Doholis – Oregon State

Michael Gamble – Wake Forest

Wade Hamilton – Cal Poly

Vincent Keller –  Creighton

Sven Lissek – Furman

Ivan Magalhaes – Maryland

Vincent Mitchell – Butler

James Moberg – Washington

Norberto Ochoa – UC-Riverside

Ben Polk – Syracuse

Miguel Salazar – Elon

Mitchell Taintor – Rutgers

Brandon Vincent – Stanford

Which players do you think will improve their stock in this combine? Which players won’t live up to expectations?

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