Midfielder JJ Koval of the Stanford men’s soccer team was one of 50 U.S. Division I seniors invited to the 2014 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine, MLS announced Wednesday. The combine is set for Jan. 10-14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The 2014 MLS SuperDraft is scheduled for Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. PT in Philadelphia.
The 50 seniors were selected by a committee consisting of NCAA Division I coaches and MLS representatives. They will be joined at the adidas MLS Player Combine by other seniors, including from lower NCAA divisions, underclassmen who sign Generation adidas contracts and other international invitees.
Koval, the Cardinal captain in 2013, was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team after leading the Cardinal to a 10-7-4 overall record and the program’s first NCAA Tournament since 2009. Stanford would advance all the way to the Round of 16 before falling at No. 2 Washington on Dec. 1.
This past season Koval was again one of the top holding midfielders and aerialists in the Pac-12. The Camarillo native also made his presence felt in the attacking third, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on another while taking 51 shots, second-most on the team. Koval’s assist came in a familiar situation, as he won a 50-50 ball which was picked up and bolted home by Aaron Kovar for the winner in a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 5 California that sealed the Cardinal’s berth into the NCAA Tournament.