de Almeida, Ivo Invited To MLS Combine

Go smu! Diogo de Almeida
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Diogo de Almeida
Go smu!

Dec. 7, 2011

NEW YORK (SMU) - SMU men's soccer players Diogo de Almeida and Arthur Ivo have been invited to Major League Soccer's Combine Jan. 6-10 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. de Almeida and Ivo are among 52 college seniors to receive an invitation to participate in the combine.

de Almeida was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, was selected First Team All-C-USA and was named the Defensive MVP of the C-USA Tournament. The defender started 20 games for the Mustangs this season, netting four goals and averaging over 92.5 minutes per game. He had a three-game goal-scoring streak from Oct. 12-21, including back-to-back game-winning goals against FIU and Missouri State. de Almeida played in 70 games over his four years at SMU, scoring nine goals and adding three assists.

Ivo was a First Team All-Conference USA selection for the second consecutive season and was tabbed the Offensive MVP of the C-USA Tournament. The midfielder appeared in 20 games for SMU, leading the team in goals (10), assists (10) and points (30). He also had a team-best four game-winning goals, including overtime game-clinchers at Duke and South Carolina. Ivo played in 71 games for the Mustangs over his four-year career, notching 24 goals and assisting on 20 others. He tallied eight game-winning goals and converted all five penalty kicks he attempted.

The duo led the Mustangs to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite 8 in 2010, a 2011 Conference USA Tournament Championship and 2010 C-USA regular season title.

The MLS SuperDraft will be held in Kansas City on Jan. 12.