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2018 Combine rosters, schedule unveiled

This piece was originally published by New Media Editor Benjamin Baer on Jan. 12, 2018

On Thursday, MLS announced the rosters and match schedule for the 2018 adidas MLS Player Combine.

The players have been split up into four teams (Nemeziz, Predator, X and Tango) and each team will play three matches. The matchdays start on Saturday with the schedule calling for matches every other day. All matches will be played at Orlando City Stadium and they will be streamed on

MLS originally announced the 60 players who were invited to the combine, but in recent days those players have been changed. You can find a full list of the changes below.

The most notable change is the addition of Virginia forward Edward Opoku to the Generation adidasclass. Opoku, a native of Ghana who came to the US through the Right to Dream Academy, had a total of 16 goals and nine assists over three seasons with the Cavaliers. The forward is the seventh member of the 2018 Generation adidas class.

The league also announced Notre Dame forward Jon Gallagher has signed a contract with the league. The Dundalk, Ireland native had a total of 39 goals and 15 assists over four seasons in South Bend.

Match Schedule

  • Saturday, Jan. 13 - 12:30 pm ET: Nemeziz vs. Predator — WATCH
  • Saturday, Jan. 13 - 2:30 pm ET: X vs. Tango — WATCH
  • Monday, Jan. 15 - 12:30 pm ET: Nemeziz vs. X — WATCH
  • Monday, Jan. 15 - 2:30 pm ET: Predator vs. Tango — WATCH
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 - 10 am ET: X vs. Predator — WATCH
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 - 12 pm ET: Tango vs. Nemeziz — WATCH

Team Tango (Blue)

# Pos. Player School
18 GK Eric Dick Butler
46 D Tristan Blackmon Pacific
48 D Brandon Bye Western Michigan
44 D Niko de Vera Akron
50 D Tomas Hilliard-Arce Stanford
Signed senior
51 D Joao Moutinho Akron
Generation adidas
53 D/M AJ Paterson Wright St.
40 M Pablo Aguilar Virginia
41 M Pau Belana Akron
45 M Jose Carrera-Garcia California
49 M Harry Cooksley St. John's
52 M Edward Opoku Viriginia
Generation adidas
43 M Oliver Shannon Clemson
42 M/F Chris Mueller Wisconsin
Signed senior
47 F Arthur Bosua Columbia
54 F Afonso Pinheiro Albany
58 F Mac Steeves Providenc
55 F Alan Winn North Carolina

Team Predator (Red)

# Pos. Player School
12 GK Jeff Caldwell Virginia
67 D Cory Brown Xavier
62 D Alex Bumpus Kentucky
64 D Justin Fiddes Washington
68 D Markus Fjortoft Duke
72 D/F Mark Segbers Wisconsin
73 D Nate Shultz Akron
74 M/D Thomas Vancaeyezeele Charleston
60 M Mo Adams Syracuse
Generation adidas
61 M Rafael Andrade Santos VCU
63 M Manuel Cordeiro Akron
70 M Xavier Gomez Omaha
66 F Jon Bakero Wake Forest
Signed senior
65 F Sam Gainford Akron
69 F Giovanni Godoy UC-Irvine
71 F Jordan Jones Oregon St.
75 F Albert Ruiz Florida Gulf Coast
76 F Leon Schwarzer San Francisco

Team X (White)

# Pos. Player School
11 GK Paul Christensen Xavier
17 GK Ben Lundgaard Virginia Tech
22 D George Campbell Maryland
29 D Carter Manley Duke
30 D Andre Morrison Hartford
31 D Josh Morton California
32 D Ben White Gonzaga
26 M Will Bagrou Mercer
21 M Pol Calvet Planellas Pittsburgh
23 M Brian Iloski UCLA
28 M Chris Lema Georgetown
25 M/D Paul Marie Florida International
20 F Francis Atuahene Michigan
Generation adidas
24 F Diego Campos Clemson
27 F Mamadou Guirassy NJIT
38 F Frandtzy Pierrot Coastal Carolina
33 F Gordon Wild Maryland) - Generation adidas
34 F Jason Wright Clemson

Team Nemeziz (Black)

# Pos. Player School
14 GK Michael Nelson SMU
87 D Tim Kubel Louisville
90 D Wyatt Omsberg Dartmouth
98 D Graham Smith Denver
84 D Lucas Stauffer Creighton
91 M Luis Argudo Wake Forest
81 M Ken Krolicki Michigan St.
88 M/F Ricky Lopez-Espin Creighton
82 M/F Matias Pyysalo Central Florida
83 M Alex Roldan Seattle
85 M Ema Twumasi Wake Forest
Generation adidas
94 M/F Brian White Duke
86 F Marcelo Acuna Virginia Tech
80 F Jon Gallagher Notre Dame
Signed senior
89 F Danny Musovski UNLV
96 F Issaka Nyemewero Youth International
92 F Mohamed Thiaw Louisville
93 F Mason Toye Indiana
Generation adidas

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