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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.

NCAA Division I College Invitees

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