DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University senior Cole Grossman has been invited to the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine, Major League Soccer announced on Thursday, Dec. 9. Grossman is one of 54 college seniors to earn an invitation to the annual event that leads up to the Major League Soccer SuperDraft in January.
Grossman is one of 11 representatives from the ACC and will represent the Blue Devils at the five-day event from Jan. 7-11 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. MLSsoccer.com will have full coverage of the combine games and profiles of many of the players.
Duke's leader in the midfield, Grossman garnered All-ACC first team recognition in 2010 for the first time after taking home second team honors in 2009. He finished his senior season ranked second on the team in scoring with 28 points off of 10 goals and eight assists.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Grossman had a hand in 18 of Duke's 34 goals in 2010 and netted two game-winning goals, including the winning goal in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. As a junior Grossman was voted to the NSCAA All-South Region second team after posting eight goals and 10 assists.
The Blue Devils finished the 2010 season with a 10-6-4 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round for the second straight year. In Grossman's four seasons at Duke, the Blue Devils compiled a 45-29-7 overall record, garnered four berths in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA round of 16 in 2009. Grossman completed his career with 25 goals and 24 assists for 74 points in 70 games played.
MLS PLAYER COMBINE GAME SCHEDULE
All times eastern and schedule is subject to change. All games will be held on the Main Event Field
Saturday, January 8
1:45 p.m. AdiPower vs AdiPure Central Broward Regional Park
3:30 p.m. Jabulani vs AdiZero Central Broward Regional Park
Monday, January 10
11:15 a.m. AdiPure vs. Jabulani Central Broward Regional Park
1:00 p.m. AdiPower vs. AdiZero Central Broward Regional Park
Tuesday, January 11
11:15 a.m. AdiPower vs. Jabulani Central Broward Regional Park
1:00 p.m. AdiPure vs. AdiZero Central Broward Regional Park
2011 ADIDAS MLS PLAYER COMBINE LIST BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (5): Bryan Meredith (Monmouth); Jeff Attinella (University of South Florida); Jimmy Maurer (South Carolina); Joe Willis (University of Denver);Josh Ford (UConn);
DEFENDERS (17): A.J. Soares (California); Bilal Duckett (Notre Dame); Bobby Warshaw (Stanford); Christopher Korb (Akron); Colin Givens (Michigan State); Curtis Ushedo (UAB); Demitrius Omphroy (California); Eddie Ababio (UNC); Greg Klazura (Notre Dame); Greg King (UConn); Indy Smith (UNC Wilmington); Jalil Anibaba (UNC); JT Murray (Louisville); Juan Cruz (SMU); Michael Boxall (UCSB); Rich Balchan (Indiana); Tyler Lassiter (North Carolina State)
Midfielders (21): Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Akron); Blake Brettschneider (South Carolina); Cole Grossman (Duke); Daniel Keat (Dartmouth); Dustin McCarty(UNC); Ernesto Carranza (Sacramento State); Guillermo Cortes (Maryland); Hector Jimenez (California); Jimmy Banks (Green Bay); John (Jeb) Brovsky (Notre Dame); Jon Okafor (Brown); Josue Soto(SMU); Karl Reddick (Boston College); Konrad Warzycha (Ohio State); Lebogang Pila (St. Peter's College); Matheus Braga (Penn State); Matt Gold (Ohio State); Michael Farfan (UNC); Servando Carrasco (California); Stephen McCarthy (UNC); Tommy Drake (Clemson);
Forwards (11): Amani Walker (UCI); Ashley McInnes (Tulsa); Brayan Martinez (Seton Hall University); C.J. Sapong (James madison); Davis Paul (California); Efrain Burgoes (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Jason Herrick (Maryland); Justin Meram (Michigan); Levi Houapev (UMBC); Philip Bannister (Loyola University Maryland); Steven Perry (Notre Dame).