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Assistant Moss is leaving UNM men’s soccer

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Assistant coach Brandon Moss is leaving the New Mexico men’s soccer program after four seasons.

Moss, who played on UNM’s 2005 College Cup runner-up team, helped the Lobos reach the Final Four last season.

“He’ll be missed,” coach Jeremy Fishbein said. “He’s a guy I loved being around, the players loved being around. He made an incredible impact on the program for a lot of years. He was a leader as a player, a leader as a coach.”

Moss, an academic All-American as a player, led the program’s community relations programs.

Fishbein wants to name a replacement as soon as possible.

“We’re always prepared for this moment,” said Fishbein, who says losing top assistants is a cost of success. “There’ll be some good candidates.”

Fishbein says Moss, who will be working in his family’s commercial moving business, will still be around the program.

MLS: Three former Lobos will participate in the MLS combine, which begins today in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Centerback Kyle Venter, defensive midfielder Michael Kafari and attacking midfielder Michael Calderon will take part in drills, which run through Tuesday.

The 2014 SuperDraft is Thursday.

Venter is projected to be taken 16th by the Houston Dynamo in a mock draft at MLSsoccer.com. He is ranked as the 14th best prospect by soccerbyives.net.

The 6-foot-3 Venter is UNM’s first three-time All-American and was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist.

Kafari was third-team all-region and third-team all-conference and was part of a Lobo defense that recorded 11 shutouts last season.

Calderon was an All-NCAA Tournament selection and had a goal and five assists in six NCAA matches in two postseasons.

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