PISCATAWAY, NJ – Senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) of the Rutgers men’s soccer team has earned an invitation to the 2004 adidas MLS Player Combine from Sunday, Jan. 11 through Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Every MLS general manager and members of each of the 10 coaching staffs will be in attendance to scout talent at the event leading up to the 2004 SuperDraft, which will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center on Friday, Jan. 16 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET) as part of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Charlotte, NC.
The 54 college invitees (49 from Division I, two from Division II, two from Division III and one from the NAIA), who will later be joined by select Project-40 players, have been divided into four squads for the three-day, round-robin tournament.
The field of players was determined by a select panel of Division I college coaches in conjunction with MLS coaches and the consultation of select Division II, Division III and NAIA coaches.
“This is an honor he well deserves,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “He had a truly exceptional career here at Rutgers. He is a very versatile player and a wonderful competitor. With the limited rosters in the MLS, he has the tools to compete anywhere on the field right away.”
Gros ended his collegiate career with 60 points on 22 goals and 16 assists. This past season, he tallied 16 goals and five assists for 37 points to finish 10th in the Rutgers single season record book for points and goals. He was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year at the Conference’s annual awards banquet in November. The forward earned league player of the week honors three times this past season, while also garnering National Player of the Week laurels by College Soccer News on Sept. 22. He entered the week among the national leaders in goals (15) and points (21) per game this season.
Gros will look to become the second Rutgers player in as many years to be drafted by the MLS, joining former RU All-American Guy Abrahamson who was a fifth round selection of the Columbus Crew last season.
The following is a team-by-team breakdown of the college players who have been selected for the 2004 adidas MLS Player Combine round-robin tournament (alternates will be called upon in the case a player is unable to attend due to injuries or national team call-ups). For the first time, collegiate coaches will assist in managing the squads during the course of the three-day competition. The names of the coaches and any player additions or alternate call-ups will be released at a later date.
GOALKEEPER: Zack Wells (UCLA); DEFENDERS: Phil Hucles (College of William & Mary), Seth Stammler (University of Maryland), Leonard Griffin (UCLA); MIDFIELDERS: Adam Crew (Brown University), Garthfield Whyte (Lynn University), Lindon Pecorelli (University of Connecticut), Jay Alberts (Yale University), Luke Vercollone (Seton Hall University), Andy Dorman (Boston University); FORWARDS: Alan Gordon (Oregon State University), Kevin Ara (Harvard University), Simon Francis Bird (University of Louisville)
GOALKEEPER: Troy Perkins (University of Evansville); DEFENDERS: Jason Perry (Oakland University), Kevin Wickart (St. Louis University), Edwin Miranda (Cal State Northridge); MIDFIELDERS: Jack Cummings (University of South Carolina), Mario Alberto Gonzalez (University of Tulsa), John Pulido (Florida International University), Marin Pusek (University of Alabama Birmingham), Scott Buete (University of Maryland), Angelo Joaquin Herrera (University of Maryland); FORWARDS: Aaron Paye (Fairleigh Dickinson University), Joseph Ngwenya (Coastal Carolina University), Kirk Harwat (Akron University), Jamal Sutton (SW Missouri State)
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GOALKEEPER: Matt Pickens (SW Missouri State); DEFENDERS: David Wagenfuhr (Creighton University), Nick Gannon (St. Louis University), Chris Aloisi (Syracuse University); MIDFIELDERS: Victor Guerrero (Cal State University Dominguez Hills), Andrew Pusateri (St. Louis University), Kevin Hudson (Southern Methodist University), Sumed Ibrahim (University of Maryland), Eric Cronkrite (University of Portland), Tighe Dombrowski (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), Guillermo Memo Arzate (University of California Santa Barbara); FORWARDS: Attilo Vendegh (Old Dominion University), Jeremiah White (Wake Forest University), Malcom Cephas (Virginia Commonwealth University)
GOALKEEPER: Matthew Haefner (University of Pennsylvania); DEFENDERS: Josh Smith (Trinity University), Tony McManus (University of Alabama Birmingham), Gary Sullivan (Adelphi University), Adrian Jonathan Cann (University of Louisville); MIDFIELDERS: Khari Stephenson (Williams College), Kenny Cutler (Clemson University), Ty Maurin (UCLA), Adolfo Gregorio (UCLA), Josh Gros (Rutgers University); FORWARDS: Matt Taylor (UCLA), Justin Detter (University of Notre Dame), Steven Kehoe (Rio Grande University)