College Soccer / MLS

Local players at MLS combine

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday its list of 62 college seniors who will be invited to the 2010 adidas MLS Player Combine, and several local players are among them.

They include Penn State striker Jason Yeisley, who’s from Allentown, Lehigh University defender Adam Welch, and J.T. Noone, a a Temple University midfielder who played with the Ocean City Barons team that went so deep into the U.S. Open Cup this year.

The combine will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 8-12, 2010, finishing up two days before the MLS SuperDraft that takes place here in Philadelphia on Jan. 14.

Last year, 42 of the 60 players drafted by MLS teams had attended the 2009 combine, with 10 chosen in the first round, according to MLS. That should give a sense of these players prospects.

Welch was Patriot League defender of the year this year, while Noone is an academic  All-American in addition to his on-field exploits. Yeisley is a guy who tore things up as a freshman, only to lose nearly two full seasons to injuries, and yet he still came back to be an impact player with Penn State.

If you plan to attend the draft in Philadelphia, please let us know, as we plan to follow it and would like to hear as many observations as possible.

Posted via web from The Philly Soccer Page

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