Dec. 11, 2008
Providence, RI - Brown men's soccer defender Rhett Bernstein (San Diego, CA) has recently been invited to participate in the 2009 Major League Soccer Player Combine held at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Jan. 9-13, 2009. Bernstein, a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection, has also been awarded second team NSCAA All-Region honors.
Bernstein is one of 65 college seniors from 45 Division I schools competing, as 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 Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo.
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. Each team will be led by an experienced Division I coach and will be assigned a youth coach, to be named at a later date. Santa Clara University Head Coach, Cam Rast has been selected to coach Team adidas Tiro. Caleb Porter, a former MLS player and current assistant coach at Indiana University will coach Team Predator PowerSwerve. Entering his ninth season at Providence University, former MLS player Chaka Daley will lead Team adiTunit. University of Notre Dame Head Coach Bobby Clark will lead Team adiPure.
The Brown men's soccer team has also been awarded the NSCAA College Team Academic Award for posting a team grade point average of a 3.11 for the 2007-08 academic year. A total of 371 soccer teams were recognized, 107 men's team and 264 women's teams.