Jan. 4, 2010
BERKELEY - Former California forward Andrew Wiedeman earned an invitation to the Jan. 8-12 adidas MLS Player Combine after signing with Generation adidas, Major League Soccer announced on Monday. The Generation adidas players are among about 75 top professional prospects who will showcase their talents at the upcoming combine and ahead of the Jan. 14 MLS SuperDraft.
Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive unprecedented opportunities to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level in Major League Soccer.
After a stellar junior season in 2009, Wiedeman claimed spots on the All-Pac-10 first team and NSCAA Far West All-Region first team. He ended his collegiate career ranked third on Cal's career goals list, with 30, and fourth on Cal's career points list, with 75.
"This is a great day for Andrew and the Cal soccer program," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "For the second consecutive year, Cal has produced a Generation adidas player for Major League Soccer. Andrew had an outstanding three years for us, and he will go down as one of the best forwards who has ever played at Cal. It's great that we will be adding another Cal soccer player to MLS as we continue to be one of the premiere programs in the country for developing players into professionals."
In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer's 16 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Last year's class of nine Generation adidas players produced seven first-round selections in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, including former Golden Bear Stefan Frei. Chosen No. 13 overall by Toronto FC, Frei is now Toronto FC's starting goalkeeper.
Wiedeman joins former Cal teammate Tyler Barry at this year's combine, which will take place at Central Broward Regional Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The MLS SuperDraft will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 2 p.m. ET on Jan. 14. The first hour of the draft will be broadcast live on ESPN2; the remainder of the draft can be followed on MLSnet.com.
Wiedeman paced the Bears in points (26), goals (11) and game-winning goals (5) after starting all 18 games in 2009. The San Ramon, Calif., product ranked second on the team with four assists in his final season as a Bear.
Also strong in the classroom, Wiedeman earned a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team after first claiming a berth on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Team. Wiedeman was named to three important preseason award lists - the Watch List for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy and the preseason All-America teams for Soccer America and College Soccer News.
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