Connor Maloney And Robby Sagel Invited To MLS Combine
Major League Soccer released the names of the initial 53 players that are invited to January’s Adidas Player Combine in Los Angeles from January 8-12. Connor Maloney and Robby Sagel from Penn State men’s soccer earned spots on that list.
A committee of MLS and NCAA coaches selected the 53 players on the list, all of whom will be available for selection in the MLS SuperDraft on January 13.
Maloney, a four-year standout forward for the Nittany Lions, finished his senior season with seven goals and five assists in 15 appearances. In his four seasons, he tallied 26 goals and 17 assists in 73 starts — earning himself a spot on the All-Big Ten first team during each of his final three seasons.
Maloney earned a call-up to the United State U-23 National Team and was invited to train with the Philadelphia Union during his Penn State career. He played with the Philadelphia Union Academy before his time at Penn State, but is not eligible to sign with the club through the Homegrown Player Rule — an MLS program that allows players to bypass the draft and sign with an MLS team if the player developed in the team’s academy.
Sagel is a defender that transferred from Temple for two seasons with the Nittany Lions. He played in 32 matches during his junior and senior seasons — earning a spot on the All-Big Ten second team in 2016. He scored two goals in his Penn State career, including the overtime game-winner this season in a 1-0 upset of No. 19 Michigan State.