List of Possible Generation Adidas Players

List of Possible Generation Adidas Players

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 23, 2010
  • 2 Comments
  • 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Generation adidas

Akron's Anthony Ampipitakwong is being targeted by the league to sign early.

Now that the 2010 season is over its time to start looking ahead to the MLS SuperDraft. It seems as though the league is wasting no time looking at possible Generation adidas candidates this year. The always informative Steve Goff has posted a full list of targets by the league. This list goes pretty much in line with a shorter list that I was given over the weekend (my list for those interested my list only included three Akron players, Townsend and McMath from Maryland).

Goff also mentions some seniors in college that the league is targeting to sign early as well. A couple of those names I’ve discussed on here before like UNC midfielder Michael Farfan and Akron’s Anthony Ampipitakwong.

Anyways, below is the full list that Goff posted earlier – most names aren’t a shock at all if you follow the college game. The league is hoping to sign at least 8 of these guys.

GK David Bingham (California)
F Will Bruin (Indiana)
F Corey Hertzog (Penn State)
MF Matt Kassel (Maryland)
GK Zac MacMath (Maryland)
MF-F Darlington Nagbe (Akron)
MF Dillon Powers (Notre Dame)
D Kofi Sarkodie (Akron)
MF Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara)
MF Michael Tetteh (UC Santa Barbara)
F Casey Townsend (Maryland)
D Zarek Valentin (Akron)
D Ethan White (Maryland)

Four Maryland players, three Akron players. No shockers folks. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the league come away with nearly most of this list. Also don’t be shocked to see some U-17 national team players or some U-20 players added to this before long.

Like Goff mentions it will be interesting to see how the league handles players who came up in various MLS academies in this draft. Kassell at Maryland was a Red Bull academy member. I’d imagine they’ll get first crack at signing him before he goes into the draft. Hertzog (Philadelphia), White (D.C. United) and Cascio (Real Salt Lake) are affiliated with MLS club academies.

  • reddevilyank

    College is a necessary evil for those that don’t live close enough to a professional team. I wonder what if these players had been training with MLS teams?.

    • Calcio4us

      Red Devil Yank: Several on the list have been through MLS academy systems as well. Some have played with PDL teams. Several have US U16-U18 time. I understand your inference with the “necessary evil” comment and while college soccer doesn’t develop the footballer as well as a professional environment – quite a few kids are getting the proper attention…now does the US have a good vision for its style and correlate that in its youth to senior national team development? Not really, but I think we are heading in the right direction with the MLS teams actually bringing successful academy grads into their senior sides.