IU quartet invited to MLS Combine

Indiana men’s soccer seniors Jacob Bushue, A.J. Corrado, Nikita Kotlov and Harrison Petts were among 50 college players invited to next month’s MLS Combine. The official IU release follows:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University seniors MF/D Jacob Bushue, MF A.J. Corrado, MF/F Nikita Kotlov and MF Harrison Petts are four of 50 college seniors invited to the 2014 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine, January 10-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

All invited players will be eligible for selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas that will take place on January 16 in Philadelphia.

A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season. NCAA Division I alternates, Division II, Division III and NAIA collegiate players, Generation adidas signings and youth internationals will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bushue was recently named an NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region third team honoree after starting all 22 matches in 2013. Playing mostly at central defense for the Hoosiers this season, Bushue finished tied four fourth on the team in goals scored with three and was fifth in scoring with nine points (3g, 3a). He was a second-team All-Big Ten pick in 2012 and 2013 and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Bushue also played a key role in the Hoosiers’ 2012 NCAA title run.

Corrado spent his final three seasons at Indiana after a freshman year at SMU. During his time in Bloomington he appeared in 68 matches, making 50 starts. He led Indiana in assists for the second-straight year in 2013, tallying seven assists to go along with three goals. That left him tied for the team lead in points with 13. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, Corrado was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and was recently named a Capital One third-team Academic All-American. Corrado finished his Hoosier career with 23 assists, including a Big Ten-best 12 in 2012.

Kotlov was a four-year contributor at Indiana, appearing in 85 matches with 64 starts. In 2013 he finished tied for the team lead in goals scored with five, while also adding three assists. Kotlov was a second-team All-Big Ten pick in 2013 and 2012, and a first-team honoree in 2011. He finished his career with 26 goals, including the game winner in Indiana’s 1-0 win over Georgetown for the 2012 NCAA title.

Petts started 83 of 86 career matches at Indiana and was a three-time academic All-Big Ten honoree and 2011 Capital One Academic All-District selection. He finished his career with six goals and 15 assists, including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 overtime victory at Penn State in 2012. Petts was on the field for some of the biggest moments in recent IU history, including a 2010 Big Ten regular season title, the 2012 NCAA title and 2013 Big Ten Tournament championship.