NEW YORK (Dec. 11) -
Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that Creighton men's soccer seniors Jose
Gomez and Andrew Ribeiro are among 54 NCAA Division I college seniors invited
to participate in the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine Jan. 11-15 at Central Broward
Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
All invited players will be eligible for selection in 2013
SuperDraft presented by adidas, which will take place on Jan. 17 in
Indianapolis. A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference as
well as MLS representatives selected the invitees, all of whom completed their
college eligibility this season.
Generation adidas signings, non-collegiate players, and additional
college seniors will be announced in the coming weeks.
Gomez and Ribeiro claimed NSCAA All-America First Team
honors and All-Midwest Region accolades as well as College Soccer News
All-America team selections since last weekend.
The duo helped lead the Bluejays to the College Cup in back-to-back
seasons for the first time in school history.
Gomez, one of three finalists for the 2012 MAC Hermann
Trophy this winter, is the reigning 2012 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)
Player of the Year and 2012 MVC Tournament MVP after helping the Jays claim
their 13th Valley tournament championship and 20th NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2012 First Team All-MVC selection started all 24 matches
for the Bluejays this season. Gomez finished the year ranked No. 20 nationally
and led the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) with nine assists. His latest helper
came Dec. 2 in an NCAA quarterfinal win at No. 4 seed Connecticut on the
game-winning goal scored by Christian Blandon with 90 seconds remaining. The
senior co-captain completed 2012 at No. 71 in the country and second in the MVC
with 21 points this season (6 goals, 9 assists). He launched at least one shot
attempt in each match this season and recorded a shot on goal in 16 contests.
Earlier this season he earned an assist on all three CU goals at Princeton
(10/9), the first Bluejay to accomplish the feat since Nov. 8, 2008.
Ribeiro, the reigning 2012 MVC Defensive Player of the Year,
started every contest for CU this year. He also claimed an All-MVC First Team
selection and earned MVC All-Tournament team honors after scoring the
game-winning goal against SIU Edwardsville in the MVC Tournament Championship.
The senior co-captain earned MVC Defensive Player of the
Week honors on three occasions this season but was also a lethal threat on
offense. Each of his final seven goals at CU was a game-winning tally including
three this season - two scored against SIUE, the other against Washington in an
NCAA Second Round match. This season Ribeiro was named to Ameritas Classic
All-Tournament Team and was also recognized as part of the Creighton
Invitational All-Tournament Team. He led
CU in time seen on the pitch, playing all but 48 minutes this season.
The coaching and management staffs of all 19 MLS clubs will
be in attendance to scout talent at the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine, which
concludes two days before the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
The invited players will be divided into four separate teams
that are led by prominent collegiate coaches and select youth coaches. Matches
will be played as doubleheaders on January 11, 13 and 15. Technical staff from
all 19 MLS clubs closely monitors each match.
Tickets will be available to the public for $10 on the day
of the games at the Central Broward Regional Park box office and include
admission to both matches that day.
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