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Lucky Mkosana Selected For 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine

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Lucky Mkosana     By David Silverman(
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HANOVER, N.H.- Senior forward Lucky Mkosana (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) of the Dartmouth men's soccer team earned an invitation to the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine held Jan. 6-10 at Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mkosana becomes the fourth Dartmouth player to be invited to the MLS Combine in the last four seasons and joins Daniel Keat, Craig Henderson and Sean Milligan as Big Green players invited to the combine.

Mkosana joins a group of 52 college senior players from 31 Division I schools to attend the combine. The event precedes the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, which is schedule to take place on Jan. 12, in Kansas City in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) annual coaching convention. The initial player list was determined by a panel of Division I college coaches, representing all conferences, who nominated and voted for players in conjunction with MLS coaches. Generation adidas players will join these players, additional collegiate players from NCAA Division II and III schools, NAIA schools, and Division I alternates. 

The final player list of approximately 66 players, including international invitees and Generation adidas signings, additional Combine coaches, and team assignments, will be announced at a later date.

The 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, Mkosana, had a record -breaking senior season becoming Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer with 34 career goals, breaking a record that stood since the 1950s.  Mkosana also became Dartmouth's all-time points leader with 79 career points, breaking a record that stood since the 1980s. He led the Dartmouth offense with 21 points on 10 goals and one assist and spent time in the national rankings. Mkosana is currently ranked No. 22 in goals per game (0.63), No. 32 in total goals (10) and No. 40 in points per game (1.30). The Zimbabwe native was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Dartmouth Classic and was Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 12). Mkosana, a senior co-captain, earned his fourth consecutive All-Ivy first team selection, in addition to Player of the Year honors.

Joining Mkosana from the Ivy League is Princeton's Antoine Hoppenot and Penn's Christian Barreiro while Princeton coach Jim Barlow and Yale coach Brian Tompkins will be a part of the coaching staffs.

Dartmouth concluded the 2011 regular season with an 8-6-4 record after falling 1-0 to Providence in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Big Green claimed the 2011 Dartmouth Classic title and earned its ninth Ivy League Championship and the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

-MLS Announces Initial List of adidas MLS Player Combine Invitees (Dec. 7, 2011)