Dec. 10, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Major League Soccer announced on Thursday the initial list of 62 college seniors from 44 Division I schools who have been invited to participate in the 2010 adidas MLS Player Combine and UC Santa Barbara seniors Martin Hedevag and David Walker made the cut.
The annual player combine will be held at Central Broward Regional Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. January 8-12, 2010.
The coaching and management staffs of all 16 MLS teams will be in attendance to scout talent at the combine, which concludes two days before the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. At the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, considered one of the best talent pools in SuperDraft history, 42 of the 60 players drafted attended the 2009 adidas MLS Player Combine; 10 combine players were selected in the first round, including Gaucho Chris Pontius, who was selected seventh overall by DC United. Pontius had an outstanding first season with DC United and was a MLS Rookie of the Year finalist.
Hedevag, who was named the Big West Conference's 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, was the heart of the Gaucho defensive unit that tallied a school-record 16 shutouts. His play was instrumental in UCSB allowing just 18 goals across its 24 games. In addition to his key defensive role, the native of Gothenburg, Sweden also played a part in the UCSB attack and tallied 11 points (four goals, three assists).
First Team All-Big West selection David Walker will join his teammate at the combine. Walker led the Gauchos offensively in 2009, tallying a team-leading 10 goals, including all three of UCSB's goals during the NCAA Tournament. For the season, he had a team-best 24 points with four assists and also led the squad with four game-winning goals. He finished his UCSB career with a school record 88 matches played under his belt.
UCSB has had a total of 17 players selected in the MLS Draft since 2003 with 10 being picked in the SuperDraft.
For the complete list of players invited to the 2010 adidas MLS Player Combine, click here.