HAMDEN, Conn. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) of the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team has been named to ESPN Soccernet's listing of the top 10 senior forwards in the country. Brito is listed as the sixth best senior forward in college soccer after finishing as the Northeast Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. This season, Brito finished as the nation's leader in goals per game (1.0) and points per game (2.05).
Joining Brito on the list were O'Brian White, the 2007 Hermann Trophy winner from UConn, as well as Graham Zusi from the National Champion Maryland Terrapins and seven other players from Duke, Wake Forrest, California Santa Barbara, California Berkeley, Michigan State, South Florida and Wisconsin Green Bay.
Brito concluded his four-year career at Quinnipiac as the program's Division I leader in goals (40) and points (92). His 18 goals and 39 points this season also broke the program's Division I single-season records set by Evan Maciel in 2001.
This weekend, Brito will be attending the Adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The combine will have 65 of the nation's top Division I seniors participating in drills and scrimmages for scouts and management from all 15 MLS teams in preparation for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft to be held Jan. 15 in St. Louis.