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Green and Rozeboom Invited to 2012 MLS Player Combine
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/08/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 8, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Fifty-two college seniors from 31 Division I schools across the nation will attempt to show MLS coaches and scouts that they have what it takes to succeed in the pro ranks when they descend on Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for the annual adidas MLS Player Combine from Jan. 6-10.

Two of those 52 will represent the New Mexico men’s soccer program, as senior midfielders Michael Green and Lance Rozeboom have both earned coveted spots on the player combine list.

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.

Green started all 22 games for the Lobos this season, recording two goals and four assists for eight points on the year. He is a strong facilitator of the New Mexico offensive attack while doubling as a tough defensive midfielder. Additionally, he serves as a set-piece specialist and has a proven ability to play on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

On the season, Green carried a .522 shot-on-goal percentage. He was named second-team all-conference and also earned a spot on the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all-tournament team.

Rozeboom is a versatile player with the talent to play multiple positions on both ends of the field. He’s especially gifted with the ball at his feet, and served as an anchor in the midfield for the Lobos this season. He matched Green’s eight points with three goals and two assists, all three goals coming on penalty kicks.

He was named first-team all-MPSF, as well as to Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 list (No. 37).

The final player list of approximately 66 players, including international invitees and Generation adidas signings, additional Combine coaches and team assignments, will be announced at a later date.

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).

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