NEW YORK – A pair of Columbia seniors look to move on to professional soccer careers, with recent and upcoming opportunities to do so.

Arthur Bosua was invited to the 2018 Adidas MLS Player Combine, while Alex Bangerl just got back from a showcase with the New York Red Bulls.

Bosua was among the initial 60 NCAA D-I college players to be invited to the 2018 MLS Player Combine, as he was selected by a committee of MLS coaches and NCAA Division I coaches. The combine will take place in Orlando from Jan. 11-17, as Bosua and the field will hope to promote their talents in front of representatives from all 23 MLS clubs. Following the combine, the 2018 MLS SuperDraft takes place on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The back-to-back Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, Bosua led the conference in scoring with 12 goals and five assists, before being named a second team All-American this past year.

“Being included in the elite of college soccer is great tribute to Arthur and our team,” said Columbia head coach Kevin Anderson. “The truth is, the real work for Arthur has just begun. He will need to produce at every showcase and combine to separate himself from the other quality players being considered. He is physically, technically and psychologically prepared for this moment and I’m confident he will showcase who he is and the value that he will add.”

Bangerl recently came back from the New York Red Bulls combine, where he had a chance to demonstrate his skills against other talented players in the area. A native of Pforzheim, Germany, Bangerl’s international status also gives him many opportunities to play overseas, as he has exhibited tactical awareness paired with a 6-3 frame on the back end. Columbia had the second ranked defense in the NCAA in 2016, and the third best defense this past year, as the senior was a first team All-Ivy League pick both seasons.