2016 MLS Player Combine

Rosters named for 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine in Ft. Lauderdale

The sides have been picked for the upcoming 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine that will be held from Jan. 7-12 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

A total of 60 college players have been split into four teams of 15 each, pending the announcement of Generation adidas signings (underclassmen) and other international invitees who will be added after their names are released.

And there are some updates to the preliminary list of 59 college invitees that was unveiled back on Dec. 11. There are five players who are no longer on the list: Brandon Allen (Georgetown), Bradley Bourgeois (Tulsa), Brendan Hines-Ike (South Florida), Jordan Schweitzer (Denver) and Andrew Souders (Akron). Allen signed a Homegrown Player deal with the New York Red Bulls on Dec. 21.

Replacing those five players are six additions which bring the current total to 60 rostered Combine players: 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).

Four former Portland Timbers U-23s players are included in the Combine: Todd Wharton (Virginia), Kyle Fisher (Clemson), Dennis Castillo (Virginia Commonwealth) and James Moberg (Washington). Wharton and Castillo were both named to the 2015 PDL All-League team and Castillo was named 2015 PDL Defender of the Year. New Timbers Academy youth technical director Larry Sunderland is also participating as an assistant coach for Team X. 

The 60 players will look to leave an impression on the 20 MLS coaching staffs that will be on hand at Central Broward Regional Park for three doubleheaders that will take place on Jan. 8, Jan. 10 and Jan. 12.

Coaching assignments and current rosters for the four teams follow below:

Team Ace

Name School Position Hometown/Citizenship
Duncan Backus UCSB D Higland Village, TX; USA
Justin Bilyeu SIU-Edwardsville D St. Louis, MO; USA
Jonathan Campbell North Carolina D Greensboro, NC; USA
Zach Carroll Michigan State D Grand Blanc, MI; USA
Robert 'T.J.' Casner Clemson F Irvine, CA; USA
Tsubasa Endoh Maryland M Tokyo, Japan; Japan
Josh Heard Washington M Victoria, BC; Canada/UK
Callum Irving Kentucky GK Vancouver, BC; Canada
Darius Madison UMBC F Philadelphia, PA; USA
Zach Mathers Duke M Keller, TX; USA
James 'C.' Nortey Marquette F Accra, Ghana; Ghana
Keegan Rosenberry Georgetown D Ronks, PA; USA
Tyler Thompson Stanford M Sacramento, CA; USA
Taylor Washington George Mason D Somers, NY; USA
Todd Wharton* Virginia M Glen Allen, VA; USA

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

Team Chaos

Name School Position Hometown/Citizenship
Neco Brett Robert Morris F Kingston, Jamaica; Jamaica
Paul Clowes Clemson M Cheshire, UK; UK
Liam Doyle Ohio State D Isle of Man, UK; UK
Kyle Fisher* Clemson D Easley, SC; USA
Ryan Herman Washington GK Fall City, WA; USA
Patrick Hodan Notre Dame M Brookfield, WI; USA
Femi Hollinger-Janzen Indiana F Goshen, IN; USA
Connor Klekota Notre Dame MF Amherst, OH; USA
Max Lachowecki Notre Dame D Evansville, IN; USA
Jordan McCrary North Carolina D Marietta, GA; USA
Chase Minter Cal Poly M Heath, TX; USA
Kyle Parker Charlotte F Marvin, NC; USA
Michael Salazar UC Riverside F Cayo, Belize; USA/Belize
Cole Seiler Georgetown D Anderson, SC; USA
Keegan Smith San Diego F Temecula, CA; USA

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

Team Control

Name School Position Hometown/Citizenship
Tony Alfaro Cal State-Dominguez Hills D Santa Barbara, CA; USA/Mexico
Hadji Barry UCF F Rochester, NY; Guinea
Colin Bonner UNC Wilmington F Fulton, MD; USA
Tyler David Saint Louis M/D Minneapolis, MN; USA
Ryan James Bowling Green M Mississauga, ON; Canada
Jamie Luchini Lehigh F Wexford, PA; USA
Mitchell Lurie Rutgers D Atlanta, GA; USA
Antonio Matarazzo Columbia M Fair Lawn, NJ; USA/Italy
Alex Morrell North Florida F Lakeland, FL; USA
Timo Pitter Creighton M/F Oberschwarzach, Germany; Germany
Thomas Sanner Princeton F Indianapolis, IN; USA
Rodrigo Saravia Florida Gulf Coast M Guatemala City, Guatemala; Guatemala
Connor Sparrow Creighton GK St. Louis, MO; USA
Josh Turnley Georgetown D Beaver, PA; USA
Eric Verso Stanford M Los Angeles, CA; USA

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

Team X

Name School Position Hometown/Citizenship
Emmanuel Appiah Cincinnati M Westerville, OH; USA
Dennis Castillo* VCU D San Jose, Costa Rica; Costa Rica
Mikhail Doholis Oregon State M Vancouver, WA; USA
Michael Gamble Wake Forest F Columbia, MD; USA
Wade Hamilton Cal Poly GK Murrieta, CA; USA
Vincent Keller Creighton D/M Freiburg, Germany; Germany
Sven Lissek Furman GK Sewau, Germany; Germany
Ivan Magalhaes Maryland D Sao Paulo, Brazil; Brazil
Vincent Mitchell Butler M Reckford Clarendon, Jamaica; Jamaica
James Moberg* Washington M Windsor, CA; USA
Norberto Ochoa UC-Riverside F Riverside, CA; USA
Ben Polk Syracuse F Herkimer, NY; USA/UK
Miguel Salazar Elon D/M Tucson, AZ; USA/Mexico
Mitchell Taintor Rutgers M Storrs, CT; USA
Brandon Vincent Stanford D Valencia, CA; USA

Team X Coaches -- Head Coach: Jared Embick (Akron); Asst. Coach: Larry Sunderland (Portland Timbers)

* = Timbers U-23s alum