NEW YORK, NY – Major League Soccer announced today the initial list of 52 college seniors – including UCSB defender James Kiffe and midfielder Luis Silva – who have been invited to participate in the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine.
The annual player combine will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Jan. 6-10.
The initial player list was determined by a panel of Division I college coaches, representing all conferences, who nominated and voted for players in conjunction with MLS coaches. These players will be joined by Generation adidas players, international invitees, additional collegiate players from NCAA Division II and III schools, NAIA schools, and Division I alternates.
Silva, who was just named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, is coming off a brilliant senior campaign in which he led UCSB and ranked third in the nation with 44 total points (17 goals, 10 assists). He was named the Big West Midfielder of the Year and is a four-time All-Big West selection.
Kiffe was named the Big West Defender of the Year. The Santa Barbara native contributed 10 points this season (2 goals, 6 assists) and was third on the squad in assists.
The pair will be looking to join fellow Gaucho greats Chris Pontius, Andy Iro, Eric Avila, Dan Kennedy, Kyle Reynish, Michael Boxall and Michael Tetteh in the MLS ranks.
The 2012 SuperDraft is set for Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Kansas City Convention Center.