Major League Soccer has unveiled its list of invites to the 2018 MLS Combine, occurring early next month in Orlando, Florida, including a stunning 46 PDL alums.
Leading the charge are a pair of highly-anticipated prospects, Jon Bakero of the Carolina Dynamo and Tomas Hilliard-Arce of the Burlingame Dragons. The two PDL Top Prospects are both finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top player in NCAA DI men's soccer each year. Hilliard-Arce also led the Stanford Cardinal to its third straight NCAA Championship earlier in the month.
In total, over 75 percent of the 60 invitees boast PDL experience, with alums ranging from Bakero and Hilliard-Arce at annual powerhouse schools, to Long Island Rough Riders and Columbia forward Arthur Bosua and FC Tucson's Albert Ruiz after his season with Florida Gulf Coast.
Here's a full look at the 2018 MLS Combine list:2018 MLS COMBINE LIST
Marcelo Acuna - Virginia Tech Pablo Aguilar - Virginia/Reading United AC Rafael Andrade Santos - VCU/SIMA Aguilas Will Bagrou - Mercer/Sounders FC U23 Jon Bakero - Wake Forest/Carolina Dynamo Pau Belana - Akron Tristan Blackmon - Pacific/Portland Timbers U23 Arthur Bosua - Columbia/Long Island Rough Riders Cory Brown - Xavier Brandon Bye - Western Michigan Jeff Caldwell - Virginia/Colorado Rapids U23 Pol Calvet Planellas - Pittsburgh George Campbell - Maryland Paul Christensen - Portland/Portland Timbers U23 Harry Cooskley - St. John's Manuel Cordeiro - Akron Niko DeVera - Akron/Portland Timbers U23 Eric Dick - Butler/OKC Energy U23 Justin Fiddes - Washington/Southern California Surf Markus Fjortoft - Duke/New York Red Bulls U23 Sam Gainford - Akron/Saint Louis FC U23 Jon Gallagher - Notre Dame Giovanni Godoy - UC Irvine Mamadou Guirassy - NJIT/Jersey Express Tomas Hilliard-Arce - Stanford/Burlingame Dragons Brian Iloski - UCLA/San Diego Zest FC Jordan Jones - Oregon State/Lane United Ken Krolicki - Michigan State/KW United FC Tim Kubel - Louisville Christopher Lema - Georgetown/New York Red Bulls U23 Ricky Lopez-Espin - Creighton/Tampa Bay Rowdies U23 Ben Lundgaard - Virginia Tech/New York Red Bulls U23 Carter Manley - Duke/D.C. United U23 Paul Marie - Florida International/Reading United AC Andre Morrison - Hartford/Long Island Rough Riders Chris Mueller - Wisconsin/Chicago FC United Danny Musovski - UNLV/FC Tucson Michael Nelson - SMU/OKC Energy U23 Wyatt Omsberg - Dartmouth/Seacoast United Phantoms Arthur Paterson - Wright State Frantzdy Pierrot - Coastal Carolina/Reading United AC Afonso Pinheiro - Albany/FC Tucson Matias Pyysalo - UCF/Derby City Rovers Alex Roldan - Seattle/TSS FC Rovers Jake Rozhansky - Maryland/D.C. United U23 Albert Ruiz - Florida Gulf Coast/FC Tucson Rafael Sanchez - Saint Mary's College/TSS FC Rovers Leon Schwarzer - San Francisco Mark Segbers - Wisconsin/Chicago FC United Oliver Shannon - Clemson Nate Shultz - Akron/Portland Timbers U23 Drew Skundrich - Stanford/Burlingame Dragons Graham Smith - Denver/Colorado Rapids U23 Lucas Stauffer - Creighton/Des Moines Menace Mac Steeves - Providence/FC Boston Mohamed Thiaw - Louisville/Portland Timbers U23 Brian White - Duke/New York Red Bulls U23 Ben White - Gonzaga/Portland Timbers U23 Alan Winn - UNC-Chapel Hill/Tobacco Road FC Jason Wright - Clemson/South Florida Surf