College Soccer News: UC Irvine's Ibarra Invited to MLS Players Combine
UC Irvine senior midfielder Miguel Ibarra (Lancaster / Taft College) is one of 52 seniors invited to take part in the adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine from January 6-10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He will attempt to show MLS coaches and scouts that he has what it takes to succeed in the pro ranks.
He will be joined by players from 31 Division I schools, an additional 14 players from other NCAA divisions and international players to be named later. Included in the group are four other players from three other Big West Conference schools. Joining Ibarra will be Cal Poly’s Pat Sigler, Cal State Northridge’s Rafael Garcia and UC Santa Barbara’s James Kiffe and Luis Silva.
The adidas MLS Player Combine will feature coaches and technical staffs from all 19 MLS clubs, including 2012 expansion side Montreal Impact, who will be in attendance to scout the top talent at the 17th annual player combine. The combine will be simulcast on mlssoccer.com for viewers to watch.
The MLS SuperDraft, which is two rounds, will take place on January 12, 2012, during the NSCAA Annual Convention and will be televised on ESPN2. A four-round supplemental draft will take place January 17.
Early mock drafts do have another Anteater, keeper Andrew Fontein (Las Vegas, Nev. / Sierra Vista HS), projected to go in the second round. Ibarra also showed up on mlssoccer.com’s list of top-25 prospects.
Both players, along with the rest of the ‘Eaters, await their fates as the draft approaches.
2012 adidas MLS Player Combine List by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brian Rowe (UCLA); Chris Blais (University of South Florida); Jhojan Obando (Providence); Ryan Meara (Fordham);
DEFENDERS (16): Aaron Maund (Notre Dame); Andrew Duran (Creighton); Aubrey Perry (University of South Florida); Austin Berry (Louisville); Charles Rodriguez (UNC Charlotte); Chris Estridge (Indiana); Diogo de Almeida (SMU); Hunter Jumper (Virginia); James Kiffe (UC Santa Barbara); Justin Chavez (Tulsa); Matt Hedges (UNC); Mykell Bates (Santa Clara University); Nick Blake (UConn); Pat Sigler (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo); Shawn Singh (UCLA); Tommy Meyer (Indiana);
MIDFIELDERS (19): Alec Purdie (Indiana); Andy Rose (UCLA); Arthur Ivo (SMU); Brendan King (Notre Dame); Calum Mallace (Marquette); Christian Barreiro (UPenn); Eder Arreola (UCLA); Greg Jordan (Creighton); Kenney Walker (Louisville); Kevan George (UCF); Kirk Urso (UNC); Lance Rozenboom (New Mexico); Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara); Michael Green (New Mexico); Miguel Ibarra (UC Irvine); Nick DeLeon (Louisville); Rafael Garcia (Cal State Northridge); Tony Walls (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay); Warren Creavalle (UCF)
FORWARDS (13): Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton); Billy Schuler (UNC); Brian Ownby (Virginia); Bryan Gaul (Bradley); Casey Townsend (Maryland); Colin Rolfe (Louisville); Ethan Finlay (Creighton); Evan James (UNC Charlotte); Evans Frimpong (Delaware); Karo Okiomah (High Point); Luckymore Mkosana (Dartmouth); Luke Holmes (Akron); Tony Cascio (UConn).
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