SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara senior midfielder Machael David has been invited to the adidas MLS Player Combine it was announced by Major League Soccer on Tuesday.
David is one of 54 NCAA Division I college seniors that has been invited to participate in the combine, which will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida the week of January 11-15.
Included among the 54 invited players are two MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists, 15 All-Americans and eight Men's College Cup participants. All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2013 SuperDraft presented by adidas that will take place on Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.
A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees; every invited player has completed their college eligibility this season. Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players and additional college seniors will be added to the combine invite list in the coming weeks.
David wrapped up a strong career with the Gauchos this fall. During his senior campaign, he played in 11 games, starting nine. The defensive midfielder scored in the 6-2 victory at Seattle (Sept. 16) and assisted Ema Boateng's game-winning goal against Sacramento State (Oct. 16). During his career at UCSB, he played in 66 games, scored three goals and tallied 10 assists.
During his freshman campaign he garnered Big West Freshman of the Year, Soccer America All-Freshman Second Team, All-Big West Second Team, Goal.com Freshman Team, and TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Rookie First Team honors. As a sophomore, he was named to the All-Big West First Team. David has also been a standout in the classroom, earning three-consecutive Big West All-Academic honors and UCSB Golden Eagle Awards.
David will be looking to join a long line of Gauchos that have moved onto careers in the MLS. The league has drafted a total of 21 UCSB players since 2005.