Dec. 9, 2010
Major League Soccer invited Loyola University Maryland senior forward Phil Bannister to its 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the organization announced today.
The combine runs from January 7 and 11, giving MLS scouts and coaches an opportunity to evaluate talent before the MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore on January 13. MLS invited 54 college seniors from 36 Division I schools in a list released today. They were selected by a panel of Division I coaches in conjunction with MLS coaches and more players from other divisions will be added later.
The senior scored 10 goals and notched one assist this year in nine games before an injury sidelined him for the season.
The combine will separate the five goalkeepers, 17 defenders, 21 midfielders and 11 forwards into teams of four that will play two games per day on January 8, 10 and 11.
Yesterday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America named Bannister to its All-North Atlantic First Team. A 2010 All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team and MAAC All-Academic Team selection, Bannister scored 10 goals and notched an assist in nine games played this year to lead the Greyhounds in nearly offensive category and rank first in the NCAA Division I points per game ledger midway through the season.
He was also named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team and was named a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist after leading the MAAC in points per game and ranking third in goals.