C. Nortey Invited to adidas MLS Combine

C. Nortey
Dec. 14, 2015

NEW YORK – Following an illustrious collegiate career at Marquette University, former striker C. Nortey was extended an invitation to take part in the 2016 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine to be held Jan. 7-12, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Nortey will join 58 of the top NCAA Division I college players from around the country who share the dream to play professionally in the MLS. All will have the opportunity to show their talents to representatives from all 20 MLS clubs at the combine.

The redshirt senior concluded his decorated career in the Blue & Gold as the program’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 69 career points on 30 goals and nine assists. He also tied the school-record for most game-winning scores (8).

“C listing for the MLS combine is an honor for him and our program. It is recognition of all the hard work that has gone into the last four years,” said Marquette head coach Louis Bennett. “It's also evidence to the caliber of player we are attracting and developing. More importantly, C exemplifies the ideal character of a Marquette Soccer player who is prepared to give everything to the team and, in the end, get bonus individual recognition. He has very much been part of the 'rising tide that floats all boats' and I'm very proud of him.”

A native of Accra, Ghana, Nortey attended The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut upon the move from his native country as part of the Right to Dream Academy – an organization that offers children in Africa the opportunity to “reach their true potential” through sport and education.



All players invited to the combine are eligible for selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, set to take place on Thursday, Jan. 14, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bennett has a long list of players to make the professional ranks during his coaching career, including four Marquette players that have been selected to the MLS over the past four seasons. Last January, defender Axel Sjoberg (’15) became the highest selection ever for a Golden Eagle as the Colorado Rapids picked him 14th overall. Joining him was goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, who was then taken in the fourth round by the Seattle Sounders.

Former midfielders Calum Mallace and Bryan Ciesiulka were the first two MU players selected by MLS teams. Mallace, the first MU player drafted, was taken 20th overall (first player chosen in the second round) by the Montreal Impact in 2012, while Ciesiulka was a fourth round selection by the Chicago Fire in 2014.


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