Three Tar Heel Soccer Players Will Compete In WPS Combines

Branam, Harris and Tomecka all attend combines in December.

Maggie Tomecka currently competes for the Soccerplus Connecticut Reds.

Nov. 18, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) today announced the first group of players who have accepted invitations to the WPS West Coast and East Coast Combines held Dec. 11-14 (San Diego, Calif.) and Dec. 18-21 (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). Invites to the invitation-only combines were made through a careful selection process done by the WPS Coaches Committee. In total, up to a maximum of 144 players will participate in the WPS Combines; no more than 72 at each location. More confirmed attendees will be announced in the coming weeks. Among the attendees already confirmed are three student-athletes who attended Carolina -- goalkeeper Jenni Branam, Class of 2003, midfielder Maggie Tomecka, Class of 2004, and defender Ariel Harris, Class of 2008.

Combine participants include graduating college seniors who will have completed their eligibility following the conclusion of the 2008 season and other national and international talent from top level amateur leagues such as the W-League and WPSL. "The WPS Combines will be a tremendous platform for players to showcase their best in front of team officials and coaching staffs," said Mary Harvey, Chief Operating Officer, Women's Professional Soccer. "It is important that there are ample opportunities for teams to evaluate talent as they look to put together the strongest possible team on the field for the inaugural WPS season."

During the combines, players will undergo general training and physical testing and will be assigned to specific teams with the opportunity to play in three games over the course of three days. Players' rights will be drafted by teams at the 2009 WPS Draft on January 16 in St. Louis at the NSCAA Convention. Beginning in February, teams will also hold local try-outs in their respective markets.



Participating in the WPS East or West Coast Combine is not mandatory for a player to be eligible for the 2009 WPS Draft or a future roster spot on a WPS team. The full list of WPS Combine attendees will be released prior to the events.

About Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) The mission of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) is to be the premier women's soccer league in the world and the global standard by which women's professional sports are measured. Play kicks off in the spring of 2009, with WPS teams based in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. The league expects to expand in 2010 with the addition of Atlanta and Philadelphia, while working to secure a facility for a Dallas team for the second WPS season. For more information, visit

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