MLS announced today the 54 college senior soccer players invited to the MLS Combine to take place in Fort Lauderdale, FL January 11th through 15th.
The UCLA Bruins had two players called into the combine; Ryan Hollingshead and Fernando Monge, both midfielders/forwards. Cal State Northridge defender Joe Franco and UC Santa Barbara midfielder Machael David were also called into the combine.
Outside of the local schools, there were also a number of local players called in. Los Angeles native Carlos Alvarez, a midfielders at UConn, Jose Gomez a midfielder at Creighton University from Santa Ana, and Kory Kindle a defender/midfielder at Cal State Bakersfield from Ventura all got called into the MLS combine. Northridge's Franco is also a local product, growing up in Monrovia.
Santa Ana's Jose Gomez was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, given annually to college soccer's best male and female player. He's considered a creative attacking midfielder, and was the Missouri Valley Conference's player of the year starting every game and leading the Bluejays to the NCAA College Cup semifinal.