CONWAY, S.C.- Senior Kyle Russell (S. Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) has been selected to participate in the 2009 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine, the MLS announced recently.
Russell has been a lynchpin in the Coastal Carolina defense the past four seasons He leaves the program tied for eighth in career matches started (74) and is one of only 10 Chants in program history to play in at least 78 career games. A two-time All-Big South selection, he was also named to the Big South All-Tournament team, as well as the UNCW/Courtyard by Marriott All-Tournament team in his senior season. In his final season as a Chanticleer, Russell showed true durability, as he was one of three Chants to start all 21 contests.
The senior defender is one of 65 college seniors from 45 schools to be selected for the combine. Russell, along with Big South Player of the Year Daniel Revivo of and Otto Lowey of Winthrop and
Russell is the fourth player in program history to be invited to the combine, as alums Joseph Ngewnya, Mubarike Chisoni and Boyzzz Khumalo were also selected in past seasons. Ngwenya made the most of his opportunity, as was selected third overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The coaching and management staffs of all 15 MLS teams will be in attendance to scout talent at the 2009 adidas MLS Player Combine, which concludes two days before the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. At the 2008 MLS SuperDraft 43 of the 56 players drafted participated in the 2008 adidas MLS Player Combine; 12 combine players were selected in the first round. The 2009 MLS SuperDraft will be held on
The initial player list was determined by a select panel of Division I college coaches representing all conferences who nominated and voted for players in conjunction with MLS coaches. Youth players from the Generation adidas program will join additional collegiate players from NCAA Division II and III schools, NAIA schools and Division I alternates to finalize the 2009 adidas Player Combine. The final player list and team assignments will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2009 adidas MLS Player Combine will separate all players into four teams and feature two games per day at Lockhart Stadium on Jan. 10, 11 and 13 in