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Invited to Combine
December 22, 2017
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF senior midfielder Matias Pyysalo was extended an invitation to the 2018 MLS adidas Player Combine in Orlando. Pyysalo is one of 60 players named as part of the initial group to appear in the combine.

The league will hold its annual combine from Jan. 11-17 at Orlando City Stadium with representatives from all 23 MLS clubs scouting the top college prospects ahead of the Jan. 19 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia, Pa.

Pyysalo registered 12 goals and five assists to pace the Knights. He was also named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season and was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-Region First Team and All-East Region by the United Soccer Coaches Association.

The Helsinki, Finland, native ranked among the nation's leaders in points (5th/2.07) and goals (4th/0.86) per game. He finished his career ranked fifth on the Knights' charts in goals (30), assists (19) and points (79).


The Knights posted an eight-match unbeaten streak before falling in OT to host SMU and finished as runner-up at The American Championship. UCF finished an 8-6-2 mark and finished seventh in the United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.

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