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MLS Combine List Announced

Maryland midfielder Graham Zusi and defender A.J. Delagarza were among an initial group of 65 players invited to the MLS scouting combine Jan. 9-13 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All 15 MLS teams will be represented at the annual event, which will end two days before the draft in St. Louis. Additional players will be added in the coming weeks.

Here is how Terps Coach Sasho Cirovski looks at Delagarza's pro prospects: "I think he will begin as an outside back, but once a team appreciates what he brings and that he can get the job done, he will slide into central defense. He can play. It took me a while to appreciate and realize he had the qualities to play in the middle. His size (5 feet 9, 145 pounds) was a factor at first. I played him on the outside his first year, but then Kenney Bertz got hurt before the final four (in 2005) and A.J. played great in both games in the middle. He reads the game well, he's a great competitor, he is agile, he doesn't have the range or elegance of someone like Michael Parkhurst (a smallish central defender), but he's got the instincts and he loves to defend. That is a big thing. He doesn't try to do more than he is capable of. I think MLS teams like him. I think they are concerned about his size, but size is not the only factor."

As for Zusi, who plays central midfield for the Terps this season: "At the highest level, he will probably be a wide midfielder. He can serve a good ball, he can run at people and he has learned more defensive responsibilities. ... They are both going to be fringe guys at the beginning and make their mark later on, but I think they will be good enough to make a roster."

For the combine list announced today, jump below.....

GOALKEEPERS (7): Chris Brown (Boston College); Evan Bush (Akron); Steward Ceus (Albany); Alec Dufty (Evansville); Neal Kitson (St. John's); Milos Kocic (Loyola, Md.); Sean Milligan (Dartmouth).

DEFENDERS (20): Lyle Adams (Wake Forest); Calum Angus (Saint Louis); Trevor Banks (Old Dominion); Darius Barnes (Duke); Rhett Bernstein (Brown); Matt Besler (Notre Dame); Evan Brown (Wake Forest); Oscar Castillo (Connecticut); Chris Clements (Tulsa); A.J. Delagarza (Maryland); Paul Gerstenberger (Boston College); David Hertel (Michigan State); Wes Knight (Charleston); Otto Loewy (Winthrop); Yohance Marshall (South Florida); Ryan Mirsky (Southern Methodist); Babjide Ogunbiyi (Santa Clara); Kyle Russell (Coastal Carolina); Seth Sinovic (Creighton); Jack Traynor (Notre Dame).

MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (38): Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe (George Mason); Quincy Amarikwa (California-Davis); Brandon Barklage (Saint Louis); Josh Boateng (Liberty); Graciano Brito (Quinnipiac); Pav Castenada (Duke); Aaron Clapham (Louisville); Raphael Cox (Washington); Sam Cronin (Wake Forest); Dylan Curtis (California-Davis); Doug DeMartin (Michigan State); Jokul Elisabetarson (UNC Greensboro); Michael Fucito (Harvard); Andrei Gotsmanov (Creighton); Mike Grella (Duke); Alex Grendi (Penn); Juan Guerra (Florida International); Jeffrey Harwell (Southern Methodist); Bryan Irwin (Portland); Richard Jata (Campbell); George John (Washington); Keum Sung Kim (Loyola, Ill.); Michael Lahoud (Wake Forest); Ryan Maduro (Providence); Patrick Murray (Furman); Kyle Patterson (Saint Louis); Nick Perra (UC Santa Barbara); Chris Pontius (UC Santa Barbara); Matt Poole (Virginia); Akeem Priestley (Connecticut); Daniel Revivo (Winthrop); Tosaint Ricketts (Wisconsin-Green Bay); Brad Ring (Indiana); Chris Salvaggionne (Charlotte); Jordan Seabrook (South Florida); Marcus Tracy (Wake Forest); Nick Zimmerman (James Madison); Graham Zusi (Maryland).

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2008; 2:13 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Comments

I dont know anyone..wish I did!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 10, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I saw Mike Grella two years ago at Soccerplex and he looked like a real talent.

Posted by: b18bolo | December 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

There's another Chris Pontius that was not on Jackass? Does this one also want to kick God out of California?

I think Cirovski's analysis of his players is pretty astute here. Zusi, like King, has a nose for goal from midfield and players like that usually seem to make MLS rosters. Delagarza should make it rather comfortably as a right back, but I don't know if he'll ever make the move into the middle at the MLS level. Still, he's got a chance to become a contributor on a good team.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 10, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

trying to look up info on a few of these players I can say one thing for certain: most colleges have not updated any 2008 info for their soccer teams on their websites. It's like it never happened. Either that or all 6 I tried skipped the entire year :-)

I like Sam Cronin from Wake from what little I've seen this year. Always nice to see a College of Charleston guy on the list, my HS team used to scrimmage them.

Calum Angus wins my award for best name with competition from Babjide Ogunbiyi.

Posted by: dcufan | December 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

JMU! Not bad! And he's not named Moresink...

Posted by: JkR- | December 10, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

No Omar Gonzalez? I thought he was pretty high on the Generation Adidas wishlist.

Posted by: Colm1 | December 10, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalez is not a senior and has yet to announce whether he will turn pro.

Generation Adidas players will be added to the combine as they commit to the league in the coming weeks.

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 10, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Goff. I thought he'd already made up his mind.

Posted by: Colm1 | December 10, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

dcufan, most college team sites don't update the player profiles with season recaps until well after the season is over. For info on 2008 performance, check the stats page and game recaps.

Posted by: undrafted | December 10, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"California-Davis" is UC Davis, just like "California-Santa Barbara" is UC Santa Barbara. Kind of how "California-Los Angeles" is UCLA.

Posted by: LAStory | December 10, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see UVAs Matt Poole on the list. He has started or them since his freshman year and has been a rock in the defense.

Posted by: Beckster1 | December 10, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

""California-Davis" is UC Davis, just like "California-Santa Barbara" is UC Santa Barbara. Kind of how "California-Los Angeles" is UCLA."

So, why is University of California at Berkeley referred to as Cal, California, or Berkeley instead of UC Berkeley?

Posted by: Barracudas | December 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Tommy please draft Marcus Tracy!

Posted by: Barracudas | December 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

""California-Davis" is UC Davis, just like "California-Santa Barbara" is UC Santa Barbara. Kind of how "California-Los Angeles" is UCLA."

So, why is University of California at Berkeley referred to as Cal, California, or Berkeley instead of UC Berkeley?
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Because UC Berkeley is the original UC campus, thus earning the distinction as Cal.

Signed,
Beltwayrob
UC Santa Barbara Alum

Posted by: beltwayrob | December 11, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Though, having spent a total of 10-1/2 years at Berkeley as both undergrad and grad student, I can attest there are many times I heard it referred to as UC Berkeley, as well as the previously mentioned Berkeley, Cal, and California.

Posted by: akackmeister1 | December 11, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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