Combine

16 January 3:12 pm

PHILADELPHIA - The LA Galaxy got a little deeper at center back on Thursday by drafting New Mexico defender Kyle Venter with the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft

I spoke to Venter and Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena for about the defender's Galaxy connections for LAGalaxy.com. In addition, I spoke to both about where the New Mexico defender fits into LA's system. 

Check it out below. 

15 January 3:52 pm

PHILADELPHIA—The LA Galaxy may be out of the first round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, but that doesn’t bother head coach and general manager Bruce Arena.

On Tuesday, the Galaxy traded out of the first round by sending their 14th overall selection and Hector Jimenez to the Columbus Crew for the 23rd overall pick and allocation money.  The pick is one of two Galaxy selections in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft as they also hold the 72nd overall draft choice in the fourth round, which will be held via conference call on Jan. 21. Although the deal took the Galaxy out of the first round for the first time since 2007, Arena is pleased with LA’s placement in the SuperDraft.

“I think that there is not a significant difference between the 14th pick and the 23rd pick. At 14, we’d be as bewildered as we are right now with number 23. We don’t know what is going to happen in front of us,” Arena told LA Galaxy Insider on Wednesday. “Our selection is going to be based on the 22 selections before us. We’ll likely look to shore up one, two or three positions that we think need a little bit of help i, but we can only make that decision based on what happens in the late first round.”

Arena, who attended the 2014 adidas MLS Players Combine in Florida along with other members of LA’s technical staff, admitted that the trade was not an indictment on the players that he observed, but rather the best move for the Galaxy at this time.

“We’ve put a lot of time into young players over the last two or three years and we have a fairly deep roster. It’s going to be difficult for anyone in this draft to make our team, so it wasn’t necessary to be a lot higher [in the draft] then where we are right now,” said Arena. “I don’t think it’ll make a major difference [for the Galaxy] and the trade helped us open up a roster spot [while also opening] up salary cap space. I think that in this particular year, this is the right type of move.”

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11 January 12:56 pm

We’re less than a week from the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and on Friday, the 2014 MLS adidas Players Combine kicked off the draft week festivities.  

In the first match, Team Predator defeated Team Nitro Charge 4-1 off goals from Zach Boldon (Denver), Tesho Akindele (Colorado School of Mines), Mamadou Diouf (Connecticut), and Pierre Omanga (So. New Hampshire). Akron’s Reinaldo Brenes scored the lone goal for Team Nitro Charge.

The final match of the evening, Team Brazuca defeated Team adiZero 2-0 off goals from Michigan’s Fabio Pereira and Maryland’s Schillo Tshuma.

MLSsoccer and Soccer by Ives each provided an update on the players who succeeded—and failed— during Day One. On Saturday, the teams will interview the combine participants before the players return to action on Sunday. 

11 December 2:45 pm

Major League Soccer announced the top 50 college seniors that will participate in 2014 MLS adidas Player Combine in Florida on Wednesday and there is a heavy California presence on the list. 

UCLA have two players on the listas forward Victor Chavez and midfielders Victor Munoz were selected to the combine which will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from Jan. 10-14. Also included are U.C. Irvine midfielder Enrique Cardenas, U.C. Santa Barbara midfielder Kingsley Baiden and Cal Poly forward Mackenzie Pridham. 

Five additional players from Southern California were also chosen as University of California, Berkeley's highly touted defender Steve Birnbaum (Irvine, Calif.) and Cal midfielders Alec Sundly (Capistrano Beach, Calif.) and Ryan Neil (Mission Viejo) were chosen to the combine as well as Stanford midfielder J.J. Koval (Camarillo, Calif.) and Akron midfielder Aodhan Quinn (San Diego, Calif.).

The list of college seniors will be supplemented by a selection of underclassmen who earn Generation adidas contracts, international selections and players from the NCAA's lower divisions. 

The complete list of players by school is below:

Reinaldo Brenes University of Akron F San Jose, Costa Rica
Robert Derschang University of Akron D/M Englewood, Colo.
Aodhan Quinn University of Akron M San Diego, Calif.
Eric Stevenson University of Akron M Columbus, Ohio
Steve Birnbaum University of California, Berkeley D Irving, Calif.
Alec Sundly University of California, Berkeley M Capistrano Beach, Calif.
Ryan Neil University of California, Berkeley M Mission Viejo, Calif.
Enrique Cardenas University of California, Irvine F Coachella, Calif.
Victor Chavez University of California, Los Angeles F Fontana, Calif.
Victor Munoz University of California, Los Angeles M Madrid, Spain
Mackenzie Pridham California Polytechnic State University F Toronto, Ontario
Kingsley Baiden University of California, Santa Barbara M Ajumako, Ghana
Tyler Gibson University of Charlotte M Knoxville, Tenn.
Thomas McNamara Clemson University M West Nyack, N.Y.
Pedro Ribeiro Coastal Carolina University M/F Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Kees Heemskerk College of Charleston GK Zaandam, Netherlands
Mamadou Diouf University of Connecticut F Dakar, Senegal
George Fochive University of Connecticut M Paris, France
Zach Bolden University of Denver M/F Denver, Colo.
Daniel Lovitz Elon University M Wyndmoor, Pa.
Joey Dillon Georgetown University D/M Rochester Hills, Mich.
Steve Neumann Georgetown University M/F New Hope, Pa.
Kristopher Tyrpak Houston Baptist University F Dripping Springs, Texas
Jacob Bushue Indiana University D Champaign, Ill.
AJ Corrado Indiana University M Zionsville, Ind.
Nikita Kotlov Indiana University M Indianapolis, Ind.
Harrison Petts Indiana University M Zionsville, Ind.
Jimmy Ockford University of Louisville D Yardley, Pa.
Patrick Mullins University of Maryland F New Orleans, La.
Pete Caringi University of Maryland Baltimore County F Perry Hall, Md.
Kadeem Dacres University of Maryland Baltimore County M Rosedale, N.Y.
Mark Sherrod University of Memphis F Knoxville, Tenn.
Kevin Cope Michigan State University D Canton, Mich.
Michael Calderon University of New Mexico M San Jose, Costa Rica
Michael Kafari University of New Mexico M Accra, Ghana
Kyle Venter University of New Mexico D Aurora, Colo.
Alex Martinez North Carolina State University M/F Rock Hill, S.C.
Fabian Otte North Carolina State University GK Muenster, Germany
Grant Van de Casteele University of Notre Dame D Plano, Texas
Rafael Diaz St. John’s University GK Rockaway, N.J.
Adnan Gabeljic Saint Louis University F St. Louis, Mo.
Alex Sweetin Saint Louis University M Overland Park, Kan.
Ben Sweat University of South Florida D Palm Harbor, Fla.
JJ Koval Stanford University M Camarillo, Calif.
Romena Bowie Virginia Commonwealth University M/F Saint Mary, Jamaica
Luca Gimenez Wake Forest University M/F Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jared Watts Wake Forest University M Statesville, N.C.
Taylor Peay University of Washington D Salt Lake City, Utah
Spencer Richey University of Washington GK Seattle, Wash.
Nick Hagglund Xavier University D Cincinnati, Ohio