Major League Soccer announced today that High Point University men's soccer senior Karo Okiomah has been invited to participate in the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine. Okiomah, the only invitee from the Big South, is among 52 collegiate seniors from 31 Division I schools who have been invited to participate.
"This is a tremendous honor for Karo and a great honor for the HPU soccer program," head coach Dustin Fonder said. "Karo is the first High Point soccer player to be invited to the combine and we hope that this is something that we can grow upon. Hopefully he is the first of many High Point players invited to the combine moving forward."
The annual MLS player combine will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Jan. 6-10 and is closed to the public. The Combine will separate all players into four teams and feature two games per day. The event provides MLS coaches an opportunity to evaluate the participants ahead of the MLS SuperDraft which will be held January 12 in Kansas City, Mo.
"I am so excited right now to have the opportunity to go to the combine and show what I can do," Okiomah said. "This is something that I have been working on since the first day that I started playing soccer. I have always wanted to play professionally and this is a step towards accomplishing that goal. I have been overcome with joy to have this chance."
Okiomah finished his HPU career second in the High Point Div. I career record books with 68 points on 29 goals and 10 assists. He is second in team history in goals scored and his 0.43 goals per game is an HPU Div. I record. As a junior, Okiomah was among the national leaders in goals per game at 0.75 after scoring 12 goals in 16 games. Okiomah tied for the conference lead in goals scored and was named the Big South Player of the Year. Okiomah will also be participating in the Seattle Sounders Invitational Combine held in Las Vegas, Nev., beginning on Dec. 17.
The initial player list was determined by a panel of Division I college coaches, representing all conferences, who nominated and voted for players in conjunction with MLS coaches. These players will be joined by Generation adidas players, additional collegiate players from NCAA Division II and III schools, NAIA schools, and Division I alternates.
2012 adidas MLS Player Combine List by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brian Rowe (UCLA); Chris Blais (University of South Florida); Jhojan Obando (Providence); Ryan Meara (Fordham);
DEFENDERS (16): Aaron Maund (Notre Dame); Andrew Duran (Creighton); Aubrey Perry (University of South Florida); Austin Berry (Louisville); Charles Rodriguez (UNC Charlotte); Chris Estridge (Indiana); Diogo de Almeida (SMU); Hunter Jumper (Virginia); James Kiffe (UC Santa Barbara); Justin Chavez (Tulsa); Matt Hedges (UNC); Mykell Bates (Santa Clara University); Nick Blake (UConn); Pat Sigler (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo); Shawn Singh (UCLA); Tommy Meyer (Indiana);
MIDFIELDERS (19): Alec Purdie (Indiana); Andy Rose (UCLA); Arthur Ivo (SMU); Brendan King (Notre Dame); Calum Mallace (Marquette); Christian Barreiro (UPenn); Eder Arreola (UCLA); Greg Jordan (Creighton); Kenney Walker (Louisville); Kevan George (UCF); Kirk Urso (UNC); Lance Rozenboom (New Mexico); Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara); Michael Green (New Mexico); Miguel Ibarra (UC Irvine); Nick DeLeon (Louisville); Rafael Garcia (Cal State Northridge); Tony Walls (University of Wisconsin - Green Bay); Warren Creavalle (UCF)
FORWARDS (13): Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton); Billy Schuler (UNC); Brian Ownby (Virginia); Bryan Gaul (Bradley); Casey Townsend (Maryland); Colin Rolfe (Louisville); Ethan Finlay (Creighton); Evan James (UNC Charlotte); Evans Frimpong (Delaware); Karo Okiomah (High Point); Luckymore Mkosana (Dartmouth); Luke Holmes (Akron); Tony Cascio (UConn)