Three ODU Seniors Invited to 2008 MLS Combine
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
California State University - Northridge
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University
El Hadj Cisse
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