NEW YORK - Bradley soccer star Bryan Gaul (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S.) is one of 52 college seniors invited to participate in the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine Jan. 6-10 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., according to an announcement today by Major League Soccer.
One of 13 forwards invited to the pre-draft evaluation event, Gaul becomes the fifth Bradley player invited to the MLS Player Combine. He joins Gavin Glinton (2002), Tim Regan (2003), Luke Kreamalmeyer (2005) and Chris Dunsheath (2006) on the list of Bradley players invited to the MLS Player Combine. Kreamalmeyer went on to earn combine MVP honors before being selected in the fourth round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake. All four previous combine invitees went on to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft, while Glinton, Regan and Kreamalmeyer all played in the top US professional league.
Despite playing forward for only a season and a half, Gaul ended his Bradley career last month tied for fourth in school history with 31 goals, fifth with 75 points and tied for 10th with 13 assists. A three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference pick, including first-team forward each of the last two seasons, Gaul also ended his career second in Bradley history with 15 career game-winning goals. He shared The Valley league in scoring during the regular-season in 2010 and tied for second on the league scoring chart in 2011.
The 2012 MLS SuperDraft will be Jan. 12 in Kansas City.
While Gaul prepares for the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine, Bradley teammates Mike Hnat (Venetia, Pa./PetersTownship H.S.) and Keith Mach (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South H.S.) have been accepted to participate in the InfoSport: Pro Soccer Combine Jan. 3-5 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The InfoSport: Pro Soccer Combine will showcase approximately 250 aspiring soccer players from around the world for coaches representing clubs from all levels of domestic and international leagues.
Mach played 78 games during his four-year Bradley career, primarily in the midfield, and earned honorable mention All-MVC honors in 2011. He scored one of the more memorable goals in program history, a 25-yard strike for the game-winner against #12 Creighton in the semifinals of the 2010 State Farm MVC Tournament at Shea Stadium.
Hnat transferred to Bradley from Cincinnati and became a starter in the Braves defensive backline, playing in 36 games during his two-year career on The Hilltop.
The trio of aspiring pros helped Bradley to the 2010 State Farm MVC Tournament championship and consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament (2010, 2011) for the first time in program history. The 2011 Braves completed one of the most successful seasons in program history by finishing with a 15-6-2 record and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.