AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron men's soccer team will be well represented at the 2014 Major League Soccer Player Combine next month as seniors Reinaldo Brenes, Robbie Derschang, Aodhan Quinn and Eric Stevenson have each been invited to the showcase.
The MLS Player Combine, which will be held from Jan. 10-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will feature 50 of the nation's top collegiate seniors, each hoping to improve their stock for the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
The select group was chosen by a committee consisting of NCAA Division I coaches and MLS representatives. They will be joined at the adidas MLS Player Combine by other seniors, including those from lower NCAA divisions, underclassmen who sign Generation adidas contracts and other international invitees.
The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will be held in Philadelphia on Jan. 16, starting at Noon ET.
Brenes, Derschang, Quinn and Stevenson played vital roles in leading the Zips (17-4-1) back to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive year. Each earned All-MAC First Team honors as UA swept regular season and tournament titles for the sixth time in the last seven years.
Brenes led the team in scoring with eight goals, including five game winners, in just 18 matches. Quinn, who was the MAC Player of the Year, is currently a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.
Akron has had much success producing professional players in recent history with 20 former players competing in MLS or overseas. UA set an MLS record in 2011 when seven Zips had their name called at the league's SuperDraft, including five with the first eight selections overall.
Akron has had at least one player enter MLS in each season since 2009 after five – Chad Barson, Scott Caldwell, Wil Trapp, Dillon Serna and DeAndre Yedlin – signed Homegrown Contracts with their respective clubs a year ago.