Wednesday, December 7, 2011
UCLA quartet receives MLS invite
By Scott French
Four players looking to take UCLA to the NCAA men's soccer title next weekend have plans for next month. They're among 52 Division I college seniors invited to Major League Soccer's annual pre-draft Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The chosen Bruins are midfielders Eder Arreola and Andy Rose, defender Shawn Singh and goalkeeper Brian Rowe. Players from UC Irvine (forward Miguel Ibarra), Cal State Northridge (midfielder Rafael Garcia) and UC Santa Barbara (Luis Silva and James Kiffe) also are on the list announced Wednesday.
Two more UCLA players -- junior forward Chandler Hoffman and sophomore midfielder Kelyn Rowe -- would join the list if they sign Generation adidas contracts.
The Bruins meet North Carolina in an NCAA College Cup semifinal Friday night in Hoover, Ala. Three Tar Heels are on the combine list: defender Matt Hedges, midfielder Kirk Urso and forward Billy Schuler.
Creighton, which meets Charlotte in the other semifinal, received three invitations, for defender Andrew Duran, midfielder Greg Jordan and forward Ethan Finlay. No Charlotte player was invited.
The NCAA final is Sunday.
The combine will be staged Jan. 6-10, with the SuperDraft set for Jan. 12 and the supplemental draft for Jan. 17.
The addition of Generation adidas signings, selected players from NCAA Divisions II and III and NAIA and young foreigners will boost the combine list to about 66 players. Players on Wednesday's list with injuries or who opt out of the combine will be replaced by other Division I players.
Here are local players who received invitations:
M Eder Arreola (UCLA), Chino Hills (Chino Hills HS)
M Rafael Garcia (Cal State Northridge), Canoga Park (Canoga Park HS)
F Miguel Ibarra (UC Irvine), Lancaster (Lancaster HS)
D/M James Kiffe (UC Santa Barbara), Santa Barbara (San Marcos HS)
M Andy Rose (UCLA)
G Brian Rowe (UCLA)
M Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara), Los Angeles (Salesian HS)
D Shawn Singh (UCLA)