2018 MLS Player Combine, 12.22.17
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MLS invites initial group of 60 players to 2018 Combine

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday the initial list of 60 NCAA Division I college players invited to participate at the 2018 MLS adidas Player Combine in Orlando.

The league will hold its annual combine from Jan. 11-17 at Orlando City Stadium, with representatives from all 23 MLS clubs scouting the top college prospects ahead of the Jan. 19 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia.  

A committee of MLS coaches and NCAA D1 coaches from every conference selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. Further invitees, including Generation adidas signings and non-college players, will be announced in coming weeks.

2017 MAC Hermann Trophy finalists Wake Forest forward Jon Bakero and Stanford defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce headline the list of invitees, who will be coached at the Combine by a mix of college soccer head coaches and MLS academy personnel.

2018 MLS Combine Invitees 

Alphabetical by last name

Player School Position Hometown/Citizenship
Marcelo Acuna Virginia Tech F San Jose, Costa Rica; Costa Rica
Pablo Aguilar Virginia M Guatemala City, Guatemala; Guatemala/USA
Rafael Andrade Santos VCU M/F Rio de Janiero, Brazil; Brazil
Will Bagrou Mercer F Dacula, GA; USA
Jon Bakero Wake Forest F Sitges, Spain; Spain
Pau Belana Akron M Barcelona, Spain; Spain
Tristan Blackmon Pacific D Las Vegas, NV; USA
Arthur Bosua Columbia F Johannesburg, South Africa; South Africa
Cory Brown Xavier D Nelson, New Zealand; New Zealand
Brandon Bye Western Michigan D/F Portage, MI; USA
Jeff Caldwell Virginia GK Todd, NC; USA
Pol Calvet Planellas Pittsburgh D Barcelona, Spain; Spain
George Campbell Maryland D Baltimore, MD; USA
Paul Christensen Portland GK Woodinville, WA; USA
Harry Cooksley St. John's M/F London, England; UK
Manuel Cordeiro Akron M Porto, Portugal; Portugal
Niko DeVera Akron D Camas, WA; USA
Eric Dick Butler GK Carmel, IN; USA
Justin Fiddes Washington D San Diego, CA; USA
Markus Fjortoft Duke D Asker, Norway; Norway
Sam Gainford Akron F

Liverpool, England; UK

Jon Gallagher Notre Dame F Dundalk, Ireland; Ireland
Giovanni Godoy UC Irvine F Watsonville, CA; USA
Mamadou Guirassy NJIT F Paris, France; France/USA
Tomas Hilliard-Arce Stanford D Matthews, NC; USA
Brian Iloski UCLA M Escondido, CA; USA
Jordan Jones Oregon State F Pacific Grove, CA; USA
Ken Krolicki Michigan State M Plymouth, MI; USA/Japan
Tim Kubel Louisville D/M Stuttgart, Germany; Germany
Chris Lema Georgetown M Ridgefield, NJ; USA
Ricky Lopez-Espin Creighton F Miami, FL; USA
Ben Lundgaard Virginia Tech GK Greenville, DE; USA
Carter Manley Duke D Elkridge, MD; USA
Paul Marie FIU D Saint-Aubin-des-Bois, France; France/USA
Andre Morrison Hartford D Clarendon, Jamaica; Jamaica
Chris Mueller Wisconsin F Schaumburg, IL; USA
Danny Musovski UNLV F Henderson, NV; USA
Michael Nelson SMU GK Katy, TX; USA
Wyatt Omsberg Dartmouth D Scarborough, ME; USA
AJ Paterson Wright State M Key Largo, FL; USA
Frantzdy Pierrot Coastal Carolina F Boston, MA; USA
Afonso Pinheiro Albany F Sao Paulo, Brazil; Brazil
Matias Pyysalo UCF M/F Helsinki, Finland; Finland
Alex Roldan Seattle M Pico Rivera, CA; USA/El Salvador
Jake Rozhansky Maryland M Germantown, MD; USA
Albert Ruiz FGCU F Barcelona, Spain; Spain
Rafael Sanchez Saint Mary's D/M Selah, WA; USA
Leon Schwarzer San Francisco M Munster, Germany; Germany
Mark Segbers Wisconsin D/F St. Louis, MO; USA
Oliver Shannon Clemson M Liverpool, England; UK
Nate Shultz Akron D Mayfield, OH; USA
Drew Skundrich Stanford M Lancaster, PA; USA
Graham Smith Denver M Highlands Ranch, CO; USA
Lucas Stauffer Creighton D Owensboro, KY; USA
Mac Steeves Providence F Needham, MA; USA
Mohamed Thiaw Louisville F Lexington, KY; USA
Brian White Duke M/F Flemington, NJ; USA
Ben White Gonzaga D Tigard, OR; USA
Alan Winn UNC F Garland, TX; USA
Jason Wright Clemson F Kingston, Jamaica; Jamaica
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