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Former Granite Bay player Tyler Thompson invited to MLS combine

Former Granite Bay High School standout Tyler Thompson is one of 59 NCAA Division I players who have been invited to participate in the 2016 Major League Soccer Combine on Jan. 7-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

All invited players will be eligible for the 2016 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 14 in Baltimore, Md.

Thompson, a senior midfielder and co-captain at Stanford, was All-Pac-12 and All-Far West Region this season, helping the Cardinal (17-2-2) advance to this year’s College Cup in Kansas City, Kan.

No. 8 Stanford beat No. 4 Akron in penalty kicks in Friday’s national semifinals at Sporting Park, home stadium of Sporting Kansas City. No. 2 Clemson beat No. 6 Syracuse in penalty kicks in the other national semifinal.

During his four years at Stanford, Thompson has had nine assists in 75 matches. He was a two-time all-Sierra Foothill League player at Granite Bay.

Thompson is the older brother of Tommy Thompson, who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes and also has played on loan for Republic FC. Another Thompson brother, Tanner, plays soccer at Indiana. Their dad, Gregg Thompson, is a former defender for the United States national team.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP

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