Cascadia Well Represented in MLS Combine



Portland Timbers U23 team

Hurtado in action against the Sounders
Photo: Leah Parr/Portland Timbers

MLS have announced the names of the 54 NCAA DI college seniors invited to participate in the 2013 MLS Player Combine.

Cascadia is well represented with Erik Hurtado, Machael David, Fernando Monge, Ben Fisk, Dylan Tucker-Gangnes and Danny Wenzel on the list. Hurtado was a standout goalscorer for the Potland U 23s this season.

Two MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists, 15 All-Americans and eight Men’s College Cup Final Four participants are among the players that will take the field in Fort Lauderdale from January 11-15.

All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2013 SuperDraft that will take place on January 17 in Indianapolis (12 p.m. ET).

A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season.  Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players, and additional college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks.

 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine NCAA DI College Senior Participants (by name)

First Name Last Name School Position Hometown
Carlos Alvarez University of Connecticut M Los Angeles, Calif.
Don Anding Northeastern University F Amity Harbor, N.Y.
Will Bates University of Virginia F Chester, Va.
Kyle Bekker Boston College M Oakville, Ontario
James Belshaw Duke University GK Nottingham, England
Ashton Bennett Coastal Carolina University F Clarendon, Jamaica
Ian Christianson Georgetown University M Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Marc Cintron Providence College F Piscataway, N.J.
Greg Cochrane University of Louisville D/M Holland, Pa.
Machael David University of California, Santa Barbara M Tacoma, Wash.
Danchrisandre (Dan) Delgado University of San Diego M Escondido, Ca.
Paolo DelPiccolo University of Louisville M Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Uwem Etuk West Virginia University M Herndon, Va.
Ryan Finley University of Notre Dame F Lumberton, NJ
Ben Fisk University of Washington M Federal Way, Wash.
Shaun Foster Hofstra University D Southport, England
Joe Franco California State University, Northridge D Monrovia, Calif.
Jordan Gafa University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill D/M San Diego, Calif.
John Gallagher Pennsylvania State University D Pine Bush, N.Y.
Jose Gomez Creighton University M Santa Ana, Calif.
Scott Goodwin University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill GK Raleigh, N.C.
Brenton Griffiths University of South Florida D Spanish Towne, Jamaica
Coleton Henning Furman University M/F Shawnee, Kan.
Ryan Hollingshead University of California, Los Angeles M/F Granite Bay, CA
Erik Hurtado Santa Clara University F Beaverton, Ore.
Larry Jackson Santa Clara University GK East Palo Alto, Calif.
Taylor Kemp University of Maryland D/M Highland Ranch, Colo.
Kory Kindle California State University, Bakersfield D/M Ventura, Calif.
Jonathan Mendoza Stetson University M/F Altamonte Springs, Fla.
David Meves University of Akron GK Arlington Heights, Ill.
Fernando Monge University of California, Los Angeles M/F Seattle, WA
Tommy Muller Georgetown University D Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Colin Murphy Boston College M Hollywood, Fla.
Jimmy Nealis Georgetown University M/D Massapequa, N.Y.
Tommy (T.J) Nelson Southern Methodist University M Garland, Texas
Kofi Opare University of Michigan D Niagara Falls, Ontario
Leston Paul University of South Florida M Mayaro, Trinidad
Dillon Powers University of Notre Dame M Plano, TX
Andrew Ribeiro Creighton University M/F Green Bay, Wis.
Devon Sandoval University of New Mexico F Albuquerque, N.M.
Eric Schoenle West Virginia University D Yardley, Pa.
Blake Smith University of New Mexico M/F Boerne, Texas
Donnie Smith University of North Carolina at Charlotte M/F Matthews, NC
Yannick Smith Old Dominion University F Hillsborough, NJ
Luis Soffner Indiana University GK St. Louis, Mo.
Luke Spencer Xavier University F Cincinnati, Ohio
John Stertzer University of Maryland M Oakton, Va.
Brad Stuver Cleveland State University GK Twinsburg, Ohio
Chris Thomas Elon University F Snellville, Ga.
Dylan Tucker-Gangnes University of Washington D/M Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Emery Welshman Oregon State University F Mississauga, Ontario
Danny Wenzel Wake Forest University D Federal Way, Wash.
Daniel Withrow Marshall University GK Rochester Hills, Mich.
Paul Wyatt James Madison University M/F Modbury, England

About Author

Steve is the founder and owner of Prost Amerika. He covered the expansion of MLS soccer in Cascadia at first hand. As Editor in Chief of, he was accredited at the 2014 World Cup Final. He is the former President of the North American Soccer Reporters Association/ Originally from Glasgow, he is a supporter of the Great Glasgow Alternative, Partick Thistle.

1 Comment

  1. Fair but Honest on

    I’m glad to see several Cascadians have been invited to the combine. I wish them all luck and great success. No matter what club they end up playing for I take pride in every Cascadian that makes it into the professional ranks.