CONWAY, S.C. Senior forward Joseph Ngwenya (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Provincial) is one of 54 college soccer players that has been invited to the 2004 Major League Soccer (MLS) adidas Player Combine, held from Sunday, Jan. 11, to Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. General managers and members of all 10 MLS coaching staffs will be in attendance to scout talent at the event leading up to the 2004 SuperDraft, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. at 10 a.m.
The 54 college invitees (49 from Division I, two from Division II, two from Division III and one from the NAIA), who will later be joined by select Project-40 players, have been divided into four squads for the three-day, round-robin tournament in which doubleheaders will be held on the mornings of Jan. 11, 12, and 13 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. local time.
Ngwenya, who led the nation in scoring with 21 goals and 56 points this season, also led the team in scoring for the fourth straight season. He was named Big South Conference Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, and also was named a First Team Academic All-American and All-Big South for the second consecutive time. The senior from Zimbabwe earned NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region accolades, and was named the Tournament MVP of the Big South Tournament, the Bradley Classic, and the Nike/Clemson Invitational. Ngwenya broke Coastals career shot, points, and goal records this season, and is a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Clubs Hermann Trophy. He netted eight game-winning goals, including the game-winner in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Davidson in Coastals third consecutive tournament berth.
Following is a schedule of matches to be played, which are open to the public, and a list of players on each team of the round-robin tournament.
Sunday, Jan. 11
9:00 AM: adidas F50 vs. adidas Predator Pulse
10:45 AM: adidas Supernova vs. adidas Aveiro
Monday, Jan. 12
9:00 AM: adidas F50 vs. adidas Supernova
10:45 AM: adidas Predator Pulse vs. adidas Aveiro
Tuesday, Jan. 13
9:00 AM: adidas F50 vs. adidas Aveiro
10:45 AM: adidas Supernova vs. adidas Predator Pulse
GOALKEEPER: Zack Wells (UCLA); DEFENDERS: Phil Hucles (College of William & Mary), Seth Stammler (University of Maryland), Leonard Griffin (UCLA); MIDFIELDERS: Adam Crew (Brown University), Garthfield Whyte (Lynn University), Lindon Pecorelli (University of Connecticut), Jay Alberts (Yale University), Luke Vercollone (Seton Hall University), Andy Dorman (Boston University); FORWARDS: Alan Gordon (Oregon State University), Kevin Ara (Harvard University), Simon Francis Bird (University of Louisville)
GOALKEEPER: Troy Perkins (University of Evansville); DEFENDERS: Jason Perry (Oakland University), Kevin Wickart (St. Louis University), Edwin Miranda (Cal State Northridge); MIDFIELDERS: Jack Cummings (University of South Carolina), Mario Alberto Gonzalez (University of Tulsa), John Pulido (Florida International University), Marin Pusek (University of Alabama Birmingham), Scott Buete (University of Maryland), Angelo Joaquin Herrera (University of Maryland); FORWARDS: Aaron Paye (Fairleigh Dickinson University), Joseph Ngwenya (Coastal Carolina University), Kirk Harwat (University of Akron), Jamal Sutton (SW Missouri State)
adidas Predator Pulse
GOALKEEPER: Matt Pickens (SW Missouri State); DEFENDERS: David Wagenfuhr (Creighton University), Nick Gannon (St. Louis University), Chris Aloisi (Syracuse University); MIDFIELDERS: Victor Guerrero (Cal State University Dominguez Hills), Andrew Pusateri (St. Louis University), Kevin Hudson (Southern Methodist University), Sumed Ibrahim (University of Maryland), Eric Cronkrite (University of Portland), Tighe Dombrowski (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), Guillermo Memo Arzate (University of California Santa Barbara); FORWARDS: Attilo Vendegh (Old Dominion University), Jeremiah White (Wake Forest University), Malcom Cephas (Virginia Commonwealth University)
GOALKEEPER: Matthew Haefner (University of Pennsylvania); DEFENDERS: Josh Smith (Trinity University), Tony McManus (University of Alabama Birmingham), Gary Sullivan (Adelphi University), Adrian Jonathan Cann (University of Louisville); MIDFIELDERS: Khari Stephenson (Williams College), Kenny Cutler (Clemson University), Ty Maurin (UCLA), Adolfo Gregorio (UCLA), Joshua Gros (Rutgers University); FORWARDS: Matt Taylor (UCLA), Justin Detter (University of Notre Dame), Steven Kehoe (Rio Grande University)