Cisse, Cronin Invited to MLS Combine
Raleigh, N.C. Graduating seniors El Hadj Cisse and Hugh Cronin of the NC State men’s soccer team were among the initial list of 54 college seniors who have been invited to participate in the 2008 adidas MLS Player Combine. NC State was tied for second in the ACC along with Duke for sending the most players to the combine, only 2007 National Champion Wake Forest (3) had more players named.
The annual player combine will be held at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Jan. 11-15, 2008.
The coaching and management staffs of all 14 MLS teams will be in attendance to scout talent at the 2008 adidas MLS Player Combine, which concludes three days before the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. The 2008 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 in Baltimore, Md.
The initial list of players for this year's combine was determined by a select panel of Division I college coaches representing all conferences who nominated and voted for players in conjunction with MLS coaches. Youth players from the Generation adidas program will join additional collegiate players from NCAA Division II and III schools, NAIA schools and Division I alternates to finalize the 2008 adidas Player Combine. These players will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
The 2008 adidas MLS Player Combine will separate all players into four teams and feature two games per day at Lockhart Stadium on Jan. 12, 13, and 15. Each team will be led by an experienced Division I coach and will be assigned a youth coach, to be named at a later date. Former MLS coach and current assistant head coach at Duke University Mike Jeffries has been selected to coach Team Predator PowerServe. Ed Kelly, head coach at Boston College for the past 20 seasons, will coach Team adiTunit. Bobby Muuss, in his first season as the head coach at Denver University after six years as the top assistant coach at Wake Forest University, will lead Team adiPure. Tim Lenahan, head coach of Northwestern University has been chosen to coach Team Trofeo.
ADIDAS MLS PLAYER COMBINE LIST BY SCHOOL:
California State University - Northridge
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University
El Hadj Cisse
Old Dominion University
Ohio State University
Rhode Island University
Saint Louis University
Santa Clara University
Southern Methodist University
University of California
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Chicago - Illinois
University of Connecticut
University of Maryland
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina - Greensboro
University of Notre Dame
University of Tulsa
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Wake Forest University
West Virginia University