McVea To Compete At MLS Combine This Weekend

Jan. 5, 2010

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's soccer standout Tennant McVea has been selected to compete at the 2010 Major League Soccer Player Combine this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, McVea is the second Greyhounds' player in as many years to compete at the event, following former Loyola goalkeeper Milos Kocic '09 last season. Kocic was a second-round draft pick of D.C. United, played in several games as a rookie and recently signed a contract extension with the team.

McVea will be one of 75 amateur players to compete at the combine that will take place at Central Broward Regional Park, January 8-12.

The 2010 MLS Draft will be held Thursday, January 14, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

McVea culminated his Loyola career in November with a slew of honors. He became the first three-time winner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year award, in addition to earning All-MAAC First Team laurels his final three seasons.

The center back was a 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-America First Team honoree, and he was a finalist for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, receiving All-America Second Team honors from that organization as a senior. He received Regional All-America First Team honors from the NSCAA/adidas in 2009.

McVea helped the Greyhounds record a 48-13-5 (.765) record over his final three seasons at Loyola. The Greyhounds reached the NCAA College Cup three consecutive seasons, a school Division I record. During that stretch, Loyola's defense posted a 0.69 goals against average.