Santa Clara University defender Mykell Bates of Roseville hopes to follow several former Broncos with area ties into Major League Soccer.
Bates is one of 52 college seniors scheduled to participate in the MLS Player Combine Friday through Tuesday in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The combine is a prelude to the MLS draft Jan. 12 and supplemental draft Jan. 17.
Former Broncos Peter Lowry (Bella Vista-Portland Timbers), Steve Cronin (Bella Vista-DC United) and Jalil Anibaba (Davis-Chicago Fire) played in the MLS last season.
Anibaba, the Fire's top draft pick last year who started 27 matches, played his first three seasons at Santa Clara before transferring to North Carolina for his senior year.
Bates, a defender and two-time team captain, scored four goals, including three game winners this past season for Santa Clara (11-5-4).
He made the All-West Coast Conference first team for the second consecutive season and also was named the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I National Soccer Coaches Association of America All Far-West Region Third Team, despite missing five matches because of injury.
As a prep, Bates was a three-time Parade All-American and captained the U.S. National U-17 team that played in the 2007 FIFA World Cup.
He was all-Sierra Foothill League his freshman season for Roseville High coach Pablo Gutierrez and helped the Tigers win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship that season.
He finished his prep career in Florida while playing in the U.S. Soccer's youth national residency program.