Eight members of the Sounders FC management and coaching staff will be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the adidas MLS Player Combine. The combine features 75 top pro prospects and begins Friday and concludes January 12 at the Central Broward Regional Park.
General manager Adrian Hanauer and technical director Chris Henderson will be joined in Florida by head coach Sigi Schmid and his staff of assistants: Brian Schmetzer, Ezra Hendrickson, Tom Dutra, David Tenney and Kurt Schmid.
Earlier this week, MLS announced the complete Generation adidas Class of 2010, plus the signing of several college seniors.
"This is a pretty deep class, with a lot of similarities to the 2009 class," said Henderson. "From this group, both the Generation adidas players and the next group of college seniors, there will be some players who make an impact right away in 2010."
There are 12 players signed to Generation adidas Class of 2010. In addition to training and playing with an MLS team, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team's salary budget. The 2009 Generation adidas class produced seven first round selections in last year's SuperDraft. The Sounders FC took Steve Zakuani (Seattle Sounders FC) with the first overall pick. Omar Gonzalez, chosen third overall by the Los Angeles Galaxy, went on to become the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year.