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MLS Combine List Includes 46 PDL Alums

By COLTON CORESCHI -, 12/21/17, 4:15PM EST


Over 75 percent of 2017 invitees boast PDL experience

Major League Soccer has unveiled its list of invites to the 2018 MLS Combine, occurring early next month in Orlando, Florida, including a stunning 46 PDL alums.

Leading the charge are a pair of highly-anticipated prospects, Jon Bakero of the Carolina Dynamo and Tomas Hilliard-Arce of the Burlingame Dragons. The two PDL Top Prospects are both finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top player in NCAA DI men's soccer each year. Hilliard-Arce also led the Stanford Cardinal to its third straight NCAA Championship earlier in the month.

In total, over 75 percent of the 60 invitees boast PDL experience, with alums ranging from Bakero and Hilliard-Arce at annual powerhouse schools, to Long Island Rough Riders and Columbia forward Arthur Bosua and FC Tucson's Albert Ruiz after his season with Florida Gulf Coast.

Here's a full look at the 2018 MLS Combine list:

2018 MLS Combine List

Marcelo Acuna - Virginia Tech
Pablo Aguilar - Virginia/Reading United AC
Rafael Andrade Santos - VCU/SIMA Aguilas

Will Bagrou - Mercer/Sounders FC U23
Jon Bakero - Wake Forest/Carolina Dynamo
Pau Belana - Akron
Tristan Blackmon - Pacific/Portland Timbers U23
Arthur Bosua - Columbia/Long Island Rough Riders

Cory Brown - Xavier
Brandon Bye - Western Michigan
Jeff Caldwell - Virginia/Colorado Rapids U23
Pol Calvet Planellas - Pittsburgh
George Campbell - Maryland
Paul Christensen - Portland/Portland Timbers U23
Harry Cooksley - St. John's
Manuel Cordeiro - Akron
Niko DeVera - Akron/Portland Timbers U23
Eric Dick - Butler/OKC Energy U23
Justin Fiddes - Washington/Southern California Surf
Markus Fjortoft - Duke/New York Red Bulls U23
Sam Gainford - Akron/Saint Louis FC U23

Jon Gallagher - Notre Dame
Giovanni Godoy - UC Irvine
Mamadou Guirassy - NJIT/Jersey Express
Tomas Hilliard-Arce - Stanford/Burlingame Dragons
Brian Iloski - UCLA/San Diego Zest FC
Jordan Jones - Oregon State/Lane United
Ken Krolicki - Michigan State/KW United FC

Tim Kubel - Louisville
Christopher Lema - Georgetown/New York Red Bulls U23
Ricky Lopez-Espin - Creighton/Tampa Bay Rowdies U23
Ben Lundgaard - Virginia Tech/New York Red Bulls U23
Carter Manley - Duke/D.C. United U23
Paul Marie - Florida International/Reading United AC
Andre Morrison - Hartford/Long Island Rough Riders

Chris Mueller - Wisconsin/Chicago FC United
Danny Musovski - UNLV/FC Tucson
Michael Nelson - SMU/OKC Energy U23
Wyatt Omsberg - Dartmouth/Seacoast United Phantoms

Arthur Paterson - Wright State
Frantzdy Pierrot - Coastal Carolina/Reading United AC
Afonso Pinheiro - Albany/FC Tucson
Matias Pyysalo - UCF/Derby City Rovers
Alex Roldan - Seattle/TSS FC Rovers
Jake Rozhansky - Maryland/D.C. United U23
Albert Ruiz - Florida Gulf Coast/FC Tucson
Rafael Sanchez - Saint Mary's College/TSS FC Rovers

Leon Schwarzer - San Francisco
Mark Segbers - Wisconsin/Chicago FC United
Oliver Shannon - Clemson
Nate Shultz - Akron/Portland Timbers U23
Drew Skundrich - Stanford/Burlingame Dragons
Graham Smith - Denver/Colorado Rapids U23
Lucas Stauffer - Creighton/Des Moines Menace
Mac Steeves - Providence/FC Boston
Mohamed Thiaw - Louisville/Portland Timbers U23
Brian White - Duke/New York Red Bulls U23
Ben White - Gonzaga/Portland Timbers U23
Alan Winn - UNC-Chapel Hill/Tobacco Road FC
Jason Wright - Clemson/South Florida Surf

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