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MLS releases initial list of 2017 MLS Player Combine invitees

Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday the initial list of 53 NCAA Division I college players that have been invited to participate in the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine in Los Angeles from Jan. 8-12.

All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2017 SuperDraft presented by adidas, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 13 at the LA Convention Center.

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

Headlining the list are University of Denver defender Reagan Dunk, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, and Hermann Trophy semifinalists Wake Forest midfielder Jacori Hayes and Indiana University midfielder and All-America First Team pick Tanner Thompson, the brother of MLS midfielder Tommy Thompson. Four other Hermann Trophy semifinalists join them as invitees: UMass-Lowell attacker Wuilito Fernandes, Butler University forward David Goldsmith, Providence College midfielder Julian Gressel and University of Vermont forward Brian Wright.

Additionally, representing two-time defending NCAA champion Stanford University at the Player Combine is defender Brian Nana-Sinkam, the team captain and a 2016 All-Pac 12 First Team selection.

A mix of MLS academy personnel and college head coaches will make up the Combine coaching staff.

Columbia University head coach Kevin Anderson, Seattle University head coach Pete Fewing, University of Denver head coach Jamie Franks and East Tennessee State head coach Bo Oshoniyi will serve as the head coaches for the four Combine teams. The assistant coaches will be CASL Director of Classic Dan Popik, Michigan Rush Director of Coaching Brian Doyle, Sporting Kansas City Academy Director Jon Parry and Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club Founder and Technical Director Mickey Kydes.

Combine Invitees
Name School Position Hometown/Citizenship Bio
Lalas Abubakar Dayton D Accra, Ghana; Ghana BIO
Michael Amick UCLA D Sunnyvale, CA; USA BIO
Brandon Aubrey Notre Dame D Plano, TX; USA BIO
Kwame Awuah UConn M Toronto, ON; Canada BIO
Nazeem Bartman South Florida F Cape Town, South Africa; South Africa BIO
Kyle Bjornethun Seattle D Snohomish, WA; USA BIO
Brandt Bronico UNC-Charlotte M High Point, NC; USA BIO
Russell Cicerone SUNY-Buffalo M/F Bloomfield Hills, MI; USA BIO
Suliman Dainkeh Maryland D Reston, VA; USA BIO
Michael DeGraffenreidt Louisville D Baltimore, MD; USA BIO
Guillermo Delgado Delaware F Tres Cantos, Spain; Spain BIO
Nick DePuy UC Santa Barbara F Irvine, CA; USA BIO
Francis de Vries Saint Francis (Penn.) D Christchurch, New Zealand; New Zealand BIO
Reagan Dunk Denver D Dallas, TX; USA BIO
Jack Elliott West Virginia D/M London, England; UK BIO
Wuilito Fernandes UMass-Lowell F/M Praia, Cape Verde; Cape Verde BIO
Alec Ferrell Wake Forest GK Westlake, OH; USA BIO
David Goldsmith Butler F Bristol, England; UK BIO
Jorge Gomez Sanchez Temple F Talavera De La Reina, Spain; Spain BIO
Julian Gressel Providence M Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany; Germany BIO
Sam Hamilton Denver M Evergreen, CO; USA BIO
Niko Hansen New Mexico F Sacramento, CA; USA/Denmark BIO
Jacori Hayes Wake Forest M Bowie, MD; USA BIO
Joe Holland Hofstra M London, England; UK BIO
Walker Hume UNC-Chapel Hill D San Angelo, TX; USA BIO
Daniel Johnson Louisville M Duluth, GA; USA BIO
Aaron Jones Clemson D Great Yarmouth, England; UK BIO
Eric Klenofsky Monmouth GK Lincoln Park, NJ; USA BIO
Austin Ledbetter SIU-Edwardsville D St. Charles, MO; USA BIO
Zeiko Lewis Boston College M Pembroke, Bermuda; Bermuda BIO
Connor Maloney Penn State D Harrisburg, PA; USA BIO
Napo Matsoso Kentucky M Louisville, KY; Lesotho BIO
Billy McConnell Indiana D Richboro, PA; USA BIO
Jake McGuire Tulsa GK Chino Hills, CA; USA BIO
Lindo Mfeka South Florida M/F Durban, South Africa; South Africa BIO
Robert Moewes Duke GK Dortmund, Germany; Germany BIO
Brian Nana-Sinkam Stanford D Lititz, PA; US BIO
Chris Nanco Syracuse F Brampton, ON; Canada BIO
Jakob Nerwinski UConn D Lawrenceville, NJ; USA BIO
Chris Odoi-Atsem Maryland D Mitchellville, MD; USA BIO
Evan Panken Notre Dame M Edina, MN; USA BIO
Danilo Radjen Akron D Broadview Heights, OH; USA BIO
Robby Sagel Penn State D Las Vegas, NV; USA BIO
Eddie Sanchez Portland M/F Canby, OR; USA BIO
Auden Schilder Washington GK Bellingham, WA; USA BIO
Justin Schmidt Washington D Albuquerque, NM; USA BIO
Colton Storm UNC-Chapel Hill D Mechanicsburg, PA; USA BIO
Christian Thierjung California F Dove Canyon, CA; USA BIO
Tanner Thompson Indiana M Loomis, CA; USA BIO
Felix Vobejda UCLA M/D Bielefeld, Germany; Germany BIO
Chris Wehan New Mexico M Laguna Niguel, CA; USA BIO
Jordan Wilson Kentucky D Auchterarder, Scotland; UK BIO
Brian Wright Vermont F Ajax, ON; Canada BIO
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