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MLS: UCI striker, Cal duo invited to combine

UC Irvine's Amani Walker and local products Hector Jimenez and Davis Paul from Pac-10 champion Cal are among 54 college seniors who have been invited to Major League Soccer's annual pre-draft combine Jan. 7-11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Walker led the Anteaters (14-3-3) with 11 goals, scoring 48 in four years at Irvine. He led the USL Premier Development League's Southwest Division with 12 goals for Orange County Blue Star last summer.

Paul, from Upland, led Cal with eight goals and 14 assists, and Jimenez, from Bell Gardens, contributed two goals and six assists and totaled 28 assists in four seasons.

In all, five players with local ties were invited. Here's a full list (with hometown, local high school or previous college and with youth club affiliation in parentheses):

D Michael Boxall (UC Santa Barbara), Auckland, New Zealand

M Michael Farfan (North Carolina), Wildomar/Cal State Fullerton (La Jolla Nomads)

M Hector Jimenez (California), Bell Gardens/Bell Gardens HS (Arsenal FC

F Davis Paul (California), Upland/Damien HS (Arsenal FC)

F Amani Walker (UC Irvine), San Diego (San Diego Surf)