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Major League Soccer Combine 2014

The 2014 MLS Player Combine was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from January 10-14. Over 50 players participated in the Combine. University of Louisville midfielder Marlon Hairston stood out as one of the most impressive athletes, finishing in the top 10 for all three tests.


The table below lists the top 10 performances in each of the three tests. See the all time best performances.

Speed Test (30-meter dash)

The average sprint time was 4.19 seconds. The leader Peay is ranked above Gabeljic due to a better 10-meter split time.

rank Name School Time (seconds)
1 Taylor Peay Washington 3.92
  Adnan Gabeljic St. Louis 3.92
3 Ryan Neil California 3.93
4 Luca Gimenez Wake Forest 3.95
5 Richie Marquez Redlands 3.96
6 Nick Hagglund Xavier 3.99
7 Marlon Hairston Louisville 4.00
8 Damion Lowe Hartford 4.01
9 Michael Calderon New Mexico 4.05
10 Tesho Akindele Colo. School of Mines 4.07

Agility Test (5-10-5 shuttle)

The average was 4.44 seconds.

rank Name School Time (seconds)
1 Ben Sweat South Florida 4.16
2 Tyler Gibson UNC-Charlotte 4.19
3 Eric Miller Creighton 4.23
4 Ryan Neil California 4.25
  Patrick Slogic Cornell 4.25
  Victor Chavez Georgetown 4.25
7 Steve Neumann Georgetown 4.26
8 Marlon Hairston Louisville 4.27
  Michael Calderon New Mexico 4.27
10 Thomas McNamara Clemson 4.29

Power Test (vertical jump)

The group average was 16.7 inches, which is much lower than expected for a vertical jump test. The test is listed as "Vertical - Opta Jump". It is obviously a different technique or measurement system which results in lower scores, and makes comparison to other years difficult.

rank Name School Height (inches)
1 Rafael Diaz St. John's 21.1"
2 Richie Marquez Redlands 20.5"
3 Reinaldo Brenes Akron 20"
4 Marlon Hairston Louisville 19.7"
5 Nikita Kotlov Indiana 19.4"
6 Kyle Renfro Virginia Tech 18.8"
7 Nick Hagglund Xavier 18.7"
  Steve Birnbaum California 18.7"
  Andre Blake Connecticut 18.7"
10 Adnan Gabeljic St. Louis 18.6"

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