Dec. 12, 2013
NEW YORK - Coastal Carolina midfielder Pedro Ribeiro is one of 50 seniors in the nation to receive an invitation to attend the upcoming 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine, announced Wednesday by Major League Soccer.
Ribeiro was selected to attend the combine by a committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference as well as MLS representatives. NCAA Division I alternates, Division II, Division III and NAIA collegiate players, Generation adidas signings and youth internationals will be announced in the coming weeks.
Eight MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists, including Ribeiro, and five Men's College Cup participants are among the players that will take the field in Fort Lauderdale from January 10-14. All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas that will take place on January 16 in Philadelphia (12 p.m. ET).
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 Jan. 10, 12 and 14. Each match is closely monitored by technical staff from all 19 MLS clubs.
The Belo Horizonte, Brazil, native becomes only the sixth Chanticleer to receive an invitation to the prestigious event, joining current assistant coach Kyle Russell (2009) along with Joseph Ngwenya (2004), Mamba Chisoni (2005), Boyzz Khumalo (2005) and Ashton Bennett(2013). Moreover, Ribeiro is the only Big South Conference student-athlete to receive the invitation this season and the 10th overall.
Ribeiro collected a plethora of national awards in 2013 after leading the Chanticleers to a NCAA-high 19-win season that included Coastal's second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Third Round. The dominating midfielder paced the 2013 Chanticleers to a Big South regular season and tournament championship, while also earning the league's Attacking Player of the Year honor. He was also tabbed to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region first team, Big South Conference first team and Big South Tournament MVP.
Ribeiro finished his Coastal Carolina career ranked 11th all-time with 31 goals, tied for sixth with 26 assists, ninth with 88 points (31g, 26a) and second with 249 shot attempts. He also ranks second in the CCU record book with 86 career matches played and tied for eighth with 74 appearances in the starting XI. He led the Chanticleers to a 69-20-4 overall record, four NCAA Tournament appearances, five NCAA Tournament wins, three Big South regular season championships and two Big South tournament championships. Moreover, he became just the third Chanticleer to be named a semifinalist for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy.