Harry Cooksley Invited to MLS adidas Player Combine|
Dec. 21, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. - Following a senior season that saw him solidify a reputation as one of the nation's most electric talents, Harry Cooksley has earned an invitation to next month's MLS adidas Player Combine at Orlando City Stadium.
The combine will take place from Jan. 11-17, ending just two days before the 2018 SuperDraft kicks off on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. A committee of MLS and Division I coaches selected 60 student-athletes that recently exhausted their collegiate eligibility to participate in the combine.
Six of the 60 participants in the combine just completed their careers at BIG EAST schools, as Xavier's Cory Brown, Butler's Eric Dick, Georgetown's Chris Lema, Creighton Lucas Stauffer and Providence's Mac Steeves also garnered invites.
The BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and a Collegiate Soccer News Third Team All-American, Cooksley becomes the 13th St. John's student-athlete all-time to earn an invitation to the combine and the first since Tim Parker was chosen in 2015. Parker, the only St. John's player to ever be taken in the First Round of the SuperDraft, was selected 13th overall that year by the Vancouver Whitecaps after his effort at the combine.
Cooksley, who was also named a First Team All-Great Lakes Region selection by United Soccer Coaches, earned his invite after a brilliant senior season for the Red Storm. With Cooksley leading the way, St. John's registered its best campaign since 2013, going 9-7-3 with a 5-2-2 record in BIG EAST play. The Red Storm's league effort clinched the team's best finish in the conference since 2009, as the Johnnies ended the regular season in third place behind Butler and Georgetown.
Despite missing five games with injury in September, Cooksley still tied for the team lead in points with 16, tallying four goals and eight assists. The senior's eight helpers tied for the most by a St. John's player since 2003, when Matt Groenwald dished out nine during a season that saw the Johnnies make their third appearance in the College Cup.
Cooksley played his best soccer when it mattered most for the Red Storm, tallying a goal and six assists over the team's final five contests.
On the season, the London, England, native led the BIG EAST in assists per game (0.57) and ranked third in the league with 3.36 shots per contest. Nationally, Cooksley ranked 25th in total assists.