Dec. 8, 2003
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jay Alberts, only the fifth player in Ivy League history to be named first team All-Ivy four times, has been invited to attend the 2004 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine on Jan. 11-13 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. MLS general managers and members of all 10 coaching staffs will be in attendance to scout talent at the event leading up to the 2004 SuperDraft, which will be held on Jan 16.
"Jay has been an integral part of the success of the Yale soccer program for the past four years," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "He has worked hard to become one of the most respected players in the Ivy League, and the combine will give him the opportunity to showcase his abilities for coaches at the professional level. His selection is a great honor for Jay and for Yale soccer."
Alberts finished his career at Yale second in career assists with 22 and fifth in points with 62. As a senior this fall, he tied for the team lead in goals with five and was second in points with 11. In 2002 Alberts led the Ivy League in assists, tied for ninth in points and earned second team All-New England honors. In addition, he was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Brown Tournament. Alberts missed all of the 2001 season due to mononucleosis. As a freshman, Alberts was the first Yale player to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. His 21 overall points were the most ever scored by a freshman in Yale history.
The 54 college invitees, who will later be joined by select Project-40 players, are divided into four squads for the three-day round-robin tournament.