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Three ODU Seniors Invited to 2008 MLS Combine

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 13, 2007
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Dec. 13, 2007

NORFOLK, Va. -- Major League Soccer announced the initial list of 54 college seniors who have been invited to participate in the 2008 adidas MLS Player Combine. The list included three Monarchs in David Horst (Pine Grove, Pa.), Yomby William (Bafoussam, Cameroon) and A.J. Kulp (Ephrata, Pa.). ODU is one of just four schools in the nation represented by three players, with Southern Methodist and two of the final four teams alive in the College Cup, Wake Forest and Ohio State.

The 2008 Combine will be held at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. January 11-15, 2008.

Coaching and management staffs of all 14 MLS teams will be in attendance scouting the talent, which concludes three days before the 2008 MLS SuperDraft on Friday, January 18, 2008 in Baltimore, Md.

Horst was named the first ever back-to-back winner of the CAA Defender of the Year award and was one of 29 players nationally named to the Preseason Hermann Award Watch. William helped anchor the defense with Horst, as the team posted 12 shutouts and a 0.63 goals against average. Kulp was the offensive leader for the Monarchs this season, with 18 points, five goals and eight assists.

The Combine will separate all players into four teams and feature two games per day on January 12, 13 and 14.

Last season, ODU alumni Edson Elcock and Jared Kent were invited to participate in the MLS Combine. Elcock was a third round draft pick to the Kansas City Wizards and Kent was selected in the supplemental draft to Real Salt Lake.

Following are the names of the 54 players selected, broken down by position and by school:

2008 ADIDAS MLS PLAYER COMBINE LIST BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (5): Dominic Cervi (University of Tulsa); Brian Edwards (Wake Forest University); Andrew Kartunen (Stanford University); Casey Latchem (Ohio State University); Steve Sandbo (Southern Methodist University);

DEFENDERS (19): Scott Bolkan (Stanford University); Matthew Britner (Brown University); Eric Brunner (Ohio State University); Adrian Chevannes (Southern Methodist University); Sean Franklin (California State University Northridge); Matt Hatzke (Santa Clara University); David Horst (Old Dominion University); Andy Iro (University of California - Santa Barbara); Julius James (University of Connecticut); Jonathan Leathers (Furman University); Rauwshan McKenzie (Michigan State University); Ryan Miller (University of Notre Dame); Brandon Owens (University of California - Los Angeles); Andre Sherard (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill); Julian Valentin (Wake Forest University); Yomby William (Old Dominion University); David Worthen (University of North Carolina - Greensboro); Mike Zaher (University of Tulsa); Geoff Cameron (University of Rhode Island);

MIDFIELDERS (23): Jeremy Barlow (University of Virginia); Eric Burkholder (University of Tulsa); El Hadj Cisse (North Carolina State University); Hugh Cronin (North Carolina State University); Pavle Dundjer (University of Illinois - Chicago); Joe Germanese (Duke University); Brian Grazier (Saint Louis University); Pat Healy (Towson University); Andrew Jacobson (University of California); George Josten (Gonzaga University); Stephen King (University of Maryland); AJ Kulp (Old Dominion University); Peter Lowry (Santa Clara University); Ryan Maduro (Providence College); Pat Phelan (Wake Forest University); David Roth (Northwestern University); Shea Salinas (Furman University); Luke Sassano (University of California); Ben Shuleva (Southern Methodist University); Dan Stratford (West Virginia University); Michael Videira (Duke University); Andy Wright (University of West Virginia); Cesar Zambrano (University of Illinois -Chicago);

FORWARDS (7): Ely Allen (University of Washington); Xavier Balc (Ohio State University); Ryan Cordeiro (University of Connecticut); Kevin Forrest (University of Washington); Joseph Lapira (University of Notre Dame); Sherron Manswell (Boston College); Lukasz Turnicz (University of Rhode Island)

ADIDAS MLS PLAYER COMBINE LIST BY SCHOOL

Boston College
Sherron Manswell

Brown University
Matthew Britner

California State University - Northridge
Sean Franklin

Duke University
Joe Germanese
Michael Videira

Furman University
Jonathan Leathers
Shea Salinas

Gonzaga University
George Josten

Michigan State University
Rauwshan McKenzie

North Carolina State University
El Hadj Cisse
Hugh Cronin

Northwestern University
David Roth

Old Dominion University
David Horst
Yomby William
AJ Kulp

Ohio State University
Casey Latchem
Eric Brunner
Xavier Balc

Providence College
Ryan Maduro

Rhode Island University
Geoff Cameron
Lukasz Tumicz

Saint Louis University
Brian Grazier

Santa Clara University
Matt Hatzke
Peter Lowry

Southern Methodist University
Ben Shuleva
Steve Sandbo
Adrian Chevannes

Stanford University
Andrew Kartunen
Scott Bolkan

Towson University
Pat Healy

University of California
Andrew Jacobson
Luke Sassano

University of California - Los Angeles
Brandon Owens
Mike Zaher

University of California - Santa Barbara
Andy Iro

University of Chicago - Illinois
Pavle Dundjer
Cesar Zambrano

University of Connecticut
Julius James
Ryan Cordeiro

University of Maryland
Stephen King

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Andre Sherard

University of North Carolina - Greensboro
David Worthen

University of Notre Dame
Ryan Miller
Joseph Lapira

University of Tulsa
Dominic Cervi
Eric Burkholder

University of Virginia
Jeremy Barlow

University of Washington
Ely Allen
Kevin Forrest

Wake Forest University
Brian Edwards
Julian Valentin
Pat Phelan

West Virginia University
Dan Stratford
Andy Wright

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