Djeffal, Gerbet Invited to MLS College Showcase
NEW YORK, NY - Oregon State midfielders Sofiane Djeffal and Joran Gerbet received invitations to the 2021 MLS College Showcase. The showcase, which is in its second edition, will take place from Dec. 10-12 in conjunction with the 2021 NCAA Men's College Cup in Cary, N.C.
The event, which is a closed-door scouting event officially sanctioned by the NCAA, will feature 44 top college players, ranging from freshmen to graduate students. It will allow MLS clubs to scout and interact with potential MLS SuperDraft selections across different stages of their collegiate careers without interfering with players' collegiate eligibility.
Djeffal has earned several nods of recognition for his efforts on the pitch this fall, the highest of which has been earning a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. The Nantes, France native has also nabbed his second career First Team All-Far West Region selection, fourth career First Team Pac-12 honor, and was named 2021 Pac-12 Player of the Year. Djeffal started all 19 games he appeared in, clocking 1,756 minutes on the pitch. The midfielder scored six goals over the course of the season, three of which were game-winners. He also made six assists and tallied 18 points.
Gerbet had a breakout debut season as a Beaver, playing an integral role in OSU's midfield. The Valence, France native earned First Team All-Far West Region and All-Pac-12 accolades for his efforts on the pitch and was also named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. As a freshman, Gerbet started all 20 of Oregon State's competitions, clocking 1,822 minutes on the pitch. Gerbet found the net twice this season, scoring his first two career goals on the road against Washington (Oct. 22) and UCLA (Nov. 7). He also marked two assists on the year.
Oregon State recorded a historic campaign this fall, going 14-2-4 (7-1-2 Pac-12). Climbing the United Soccer Coaches rankings each week until they earned a No. 1 ranking, the Beavers posted three wins over ranked teams (No. 23 UCLA on Sept. 30, No. 13 San Diego State on Oct. 3, and No. 1 Washington on Oct. 22) and tallied 10 shutouts on the season, including two in tournament play. OSU capped the regular season with a 2-2 tie against No. 3 Washington on Nov. 11 to clinch the program's first Pac-12 title. Earning the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Beavers made their first appearances in program history in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds.