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.