Major League Soccer and adidas announced the 2011 Generation adidas class today, as well as the signing of four college seniors. The players will enter MLS via the SuperDraft on Jan. 13 in Baltimore.
Additional collegiate and non-collegiate Combine participants will be released on Jan. 4th.
Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive the opportunity to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level in Major League Soccer. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer’s 18 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.
2011 Generation adidas class:
• F: Will Bruin, 21, (St. Louis, Mo.) Indiana University
2010 MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist... Finished college career with 33 goals in 66 games over three seasons... Big Ten Freshman of the year in 2008, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2010.
• F: Corey Hertzog, 20, (Reading, Penn.) Penn State University
2010 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist... Leading NCAA goal scorer (20) in 2010... 2010 First Team All-Big Ten... Philadelphia Union tried very hard to sign him as a home-grown player last month.
• D: Perry Kitchen, 18 (Indianapolis, Ind.) University of Akron
Member of U.S. Soccer U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fl. ... Helped lead Akron to 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship ... Named to the 24-man roster for U.S. U-20 training camp in January.
• GK: Zac MacMath, 19 (St. Petersburg, Fla.) University of Maryland
2010 NSCAA First Team All-American ... Member of U.S. Soccer U-17 residency program, started two games in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup ... Led U-20 team to MIlk Cup Championship in summer of 2010 ... Earned lowest goals-against average in NCAA (.44) in 2008 as freshman and set program record for shutouts (15) in 2010.
• M/F: Darlington Nagbe, 20 (Lakewood, Ohio) University of Akron
2010 MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist ... Started all 23 games and helped Akron reach the College Cup for the second consecutive season ... A 2010 NSCAA First Team All-American and Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 2010
• M: Michael Nanchoff, 21 (North Royalton, Ohio) University of Akron
First Team All-Mid-American Conference in 2010 ... 2010 College Cup All-Tournament Team ... Scored a career high 10 goals and was third on team with nine assists
• F: Omar Salgado, 17 (El Paso, Texas)
Played for the U-20 National Team at the 2010 Milk Cup ... Scored in his debut for the U.S. U-20 team against China
• D: Kofi Sarkodie, 19 (Huber Heights, Ohio) University of Akron
2010 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist ... 2010 NSCAA First Team All-American ... Played for the U.S. in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup
• D: Zarek Valentin, 19 (Lancaster, Penn.) University of Akron
2009 Mid-America Conference Newcomer of the Year ... Played for the U.S. in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the 2010 Milk Cup with the U-20 team
Collegiate Senior Signings:
• D: Jalil Anibaba, 22 (Davis, Calif.) University of North Carolina
2010 First Team All-ACC ... 2007 WCC Freshman of the Year ... Played for U.S. U-20 squad vs. Haiti on March 28, 2007 in a 2-1 victory
• M: Michael Farfan, 22 (San Diego, Calif.) University of North Carolina
Member of 2007 U.S. U-17 FIFA World Cup Squad ... Two time NSCAA First Team All-American (2009, 2010) ... 2006 Big West Freshman of the Year
• M: Stephen McCarthy, 22 (Colleyville, Texas) University of North Carolina
2010 Second Team All-ACC ... Two-time All-WCC selection while with Santa Clara (2007-08) and an honorable mention selection (2006) ... Helped lead UNC to the 2010 NCAA Men’s College Cup Final Four
• D: AJ Soares, 22 (Solana Beach, Calif.) University of California
M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Semifinalist ... 2010 NSCAA First Team All-American ... 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year